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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

CEO of Mortgage Lender Charged with Making False Statements to HUD

John Seckel, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, was charged by information with four counts of making false statements to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Seckel had been the CEO of Seckel Capital, LLC, an FHA-approved mortgage lender in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  

For the years 2012 to 2015, Seckel Capital, LLC, was a mortgage lender in Bucks County that was approved by the Federal Housing Administration to originate mortgage loans that would be insured by the FHA. John Seckel maintained the status of Seckel Capital as an FHA-approved lender during this time period by making false statements to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In particular, on four occasions from 2013 to 2016, Seckel filed audited financial statements for Seckel Capital that Seckel had forged. Seckel also, four times, filed certifications falsely claiming that he had met the net worth and other requirements to be approved as an FHA lender. 

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of eight years’ imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laurie Magid.

An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Financial Fraud
Updated January 31, 2018