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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hillsborough County Real Estate Director Pleads Guilty To Mortgage Fraud

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Anthony Haynes (53, Seffner) today pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud affecting a financial institution. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison on each count. As part of the plea agreement, Haynes has agreed to a money judgment of at least $990,498.00, representing the proceeds of his conduct. Haynes was indicted on September 21, 2012. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, Haynes, who was employed as the real estate services director for Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, made material misrepresentations in connection with loan applications and closing documents for two personal mortgages. The mortgages were for his purchase of nine land lots located in Tennessee. The mortgages were funded by interstate wires from a federally insured bank, and the closing was conducted by mail.

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley C. Howard-Allen.

Updated January 26, 2015