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New jersey woman pleads guilty to HUD fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 26-year-old Union City, New Jersey resident pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Blewitt to using altered documents in connection with a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Patricia Chmura, a former mortgage processor for Aurora Financial Group, admitted to using the altered documents to process a mortgage on a property in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, in November 2007.

     Chmura was charged in a criminal Information filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office on March 1, 2011. The charge stemmed from an investigation by Special Agents of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

     Chmura faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

      U.S. Attorney Smith noted that the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

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