Women plead guilty in mortgage fraud scheme
Posted June 23, 2008 12:11 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Two area women have pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with a scheme to obtain mortgages based on bogus financial information, authorities said.
A Raleigh man also has been indicted in the case, which is part of Operation Malicious Mortgage, a government effort to crack down on mortgage fraud in the wake of lending practices that led to the collapse of the nation's credit markets. More than 1,400 people have been arrested across the country in the investigation since March, authorities said.
Kelley Anne Spaulding, 38, of Durham, and Elizabeth Whitaker Clement, 46, of Raleigh, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud. They will be sentenced later, when they face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
William Montelle Loyd III, 56, of Raleigh, has been indicted on one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud, nine counts of wire
fraud, six counts of mail fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
The indictment alleges that Loyd and the two women tried to defraud E-Loan, which offers mortgages and commercial loans online. The submitted phony statements of income and employment history in 2003 to obtain at least two mortgages, according to the indictment.