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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Martinsburg woman convicted of falsifying mortgage documents

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Amanda Bishop, 35, of Martinsburg, was convicted today in federal court after she submitted fraudulent mortgage documents during court proceedings, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed that Bishop fell behind on her mortgage payments and subsequently created and submitted to the court fake bank statements purporting to show that she had made mortgage payments in the amount of $1,848.00 on Nov. 17, 2010 and Dec. 15, 2010.

Bishop pled guilty today to one count of “False Declaration Before Court,” for which she faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul Camilletti and Anna Krasinski prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated January 8, 2016