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Eastern District of California

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jury Convicts Roseville Man of 5 Counts of Wire Fraud in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a six–day trial, a federal jury found Erik Hermann Green, 33, of Roseville, guilty today of five counts of wire fraud in a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. The trial was held before United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley.

According to evidence presented at trial, Green was part of a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme to defraud the New Century Mortgage Company by submitting false documentation about employment, income and assets, including fraudulent loan applications and other altered bank documents. Around November of 2006, when Green submitted his fraudulent loan applications to obtain a loan for $820,000, he was a licensed real estate sales person and managed approximately 15 loan officers. As part of the scheme, Green received a check for $100,000 that was funneled through a shell company at the close of escrow. Green used the funds for personal expenses.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. Anderson and Special Assistant United States Attorney Josh F. Sigal are prosecuting the case.

On September 19, 2013, co-defendant Stephen Pirt pleaded guilty to wire fraud and is awaiting sentencing on September 24, 2015. Green is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Nunley on November 19, 2015. Green faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Mortgage Fraud
Press Release Number: 
2:11-cr-468 TLN
Updated August 11, 2015