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Ray M. Mubarak Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee
Conspiracy, Fraud, and Unlawful Monetary Transactions Involving Three Banks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Ray M. Mubarak, 55, of Knoxville, Tenn., pleaded guilty on May 18, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and engaging in an unlawful monetary transaction with bank fraud proceeds.  Sentencing has been set for 10:00 a.m., on September 28, 2015.

Mubarak faces a maximum of up to 130 years in prison, as well as supervised release following  incarceration,  restitutions,  and  fines.    Pursuant  to  the  plea  agreement,  Mubarak admitted that the loss to the banks resulting from the scheme was more than $1,000,000, but less than $2,500,000.

The plea agreement on file with the U.S. District Court details the scheme to which Mubarak admitted, including providing false tax returns and financial statements to Pinnacle National Bank, SmartBank, and Bank of America in association with loans totaling in excess of $6,000,000.  Mubarak further admitted to using loan proceeds for purposes other than those for which he represented the funds would be used, including paying gambling debts, making deposits to a personal stock trading account, and purchasing vehicles.

Agencies involved in the investigation leading to the indictment and guilty plea included the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau Investigation.  The investigation  and  prosecution  of  Mubarak  was  coordinated  with  the Office  of  the  District Attorney General, Sixth Judicial District.  Matthew T. Morris, Assistant U.S. Attorney, represented the United States.

Updated February 4, 2016

Financial Fraud