Six Facing Charges In Alleged Mortgage Fraud Scheme
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PHILADELPHIA – Six people are facing charges for a mortgage fraud conspiracy involving millions of dollars in loans based on false information.
Authorities say that between October 2006 and at least June 2008, the defendants, who were all employed by the now-defunct Madison Funding, Inc., submitted loan applications that contained false information often supplied by falsified, forged or altered documents.
Two suspects, Jason Boggs and Claribel Gonzalez, are accused of helping clients apply for loans to purchase multiple properties while stating on loan applications that these would be the applicants’ primary residences, which they knew to be false.
In April 2007, the indictment accuses Claribel Gonzalez and another defendant, Florentina Peralta, of leaving a branch of Madison Funding run by Tillett and opening a new branch of Madison Funding, where they engaged in similar schemes.
All six defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and related crimes. Those charged include: Joel Tillett, 36, of Whitehall, PA, who was the general manager; loan officers Jason Boggs, 35, who was also a branch manager, and Claribel Gonzalez, 42; loan processors Florentina Peralta, 33, Ghovanna Gonzalez, 34, all of Allentown, and Angela Diaz, 35, of Bethlehem. Denise Peralta, 32, of Allentown, is charged by information.