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Eastern District of New York

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Top Executives at Long Island Mortgage Lender Plead Guilty to $8.9 Million Fraud

Defendants Misused Money Obtained To Fund Mortgage Loans

Earlier today in federal court in Central Islip, New York, Edward J. Sypher, Jr., and Matthew T. Voss, senior executives at Long Island mortgage lender Vanguard Funding, LLC (Vanguard), pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire and bank fraud in connection with their diversion of more than $8.9 million of warehouse loans that Vanguard had obtained to fund mortgages.  The guilty pleas were entered before United States District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein.  When sentenced, each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison, as well as restitution, criminal forfeiture and a fine.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, and Maria T. Vullo, Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services, announced the guilty pleas.

According to court filings and the facts presented at the plea proceedings, between August 2016 and March 2017, Voss, Vanguard’s Chief Operating Officer, and Sypher, the Chief Financial Officer, engaged in a scheme in which they obtained warehouse loans, or short-term loans, for Vanguard by falsely representing that Vanguard would use the proceeds of those loans to fund mortgages or mortgage refinancing for Vanguard’s clients.  Once Vanguard received the loans, however, the defendants diverted the monies to pay personal expenses and compensation, and to pay off loans they had previously obtained with fraudulent loan submissions for improper purposes. 

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Business and Securities Fraud Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Whitman G.S. Knapp and Elizabeth Losey Macchiaverna are in charge of the prosecution.

The Defendants:

Age: 41
Residence: Scarsdale, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 18-CR-028 (SJF)

Age: 42
Residence: Northport, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 18-CR-027 (SJF)

Mortgage Fraud
John Marzulli Tyler Daniels United States Attorney’s Office (718) 254-6323
Updated February 15, 2018