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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 15, 2017

Atlanta Man Sentenced to Three Years for $2.7 Million Bank Fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Atlanta, Georgia man was sentenced today to three years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a bank fraud scheme that resulted in losses of approximately $2.7 million.

Thomas Scott Brown, 47, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and false statements to a financial institution on June 9. According to court documents, from approximately 2006 through 2007, Brown purchased properties for buyers with his own money and then directed those individuals to apply for home equity loans with Navy Federal Credit Union, claiming that they owned the properties free and clear of any liens when, in fact, they still owed Brown for the properties. In applying for these home equity loans, Brown instructed the buyers to submit false documentation to the bank, including fraudulent Housing and Urban Development Settlement Statements and false membership applications. Brown further ordered these individuals to pay him from the proceeds of the home equity loans.

In most instances, the homes went into foreclosure after the bank approved the loans. In total, 51 properties Brown sold eventually went into foreclosure, causing Navy Federal Credit Union losses of $2.7 million.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamar K. Walker prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:17-cr-104.

Topic(s): 
Mortgage Fraud
StopFraud
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated September 18, 2017