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Hudson County Real Estate Investor Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Hudson County, New Jersey, real estate investor was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for conspiring to orchestrate a fraudulent home equity line of credit scheme that led to over $400,000 in losses, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Anthony Garvin, 53, of Jersey City, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and four counts of bank fraud. Judge Hayden imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Between 2011 and 2014, Garvin orchestrated a scheme to defraud banks by conspiring with others to fraudulently obtain multiple home equity lines of credit, known as HELOCs, on real estate that Garvin owned. To hide his fraud from lenders, Garvin and his conspirators prepared and submitted loan applications that contained lies and fake supporting documents, including fake pay stubs, W-2 forms, tax returns, bank account statements, and deeds. Garvin split his fraud proceeds with his conspirators and defaulted on all of the loans. Garvin’s scheme ultimately resulted in over $400,000 in loses to the lenders.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hayden sentenced Garvin to three years of supervised release.

Two conspirators previously pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Robert Manchak, and special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Blake Coppotelli and Anthony Torntore of the District of New Jersey.

Updated September 11, 2023

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 23-262