Experienced Legal Defense In Mortgage Fraud Cases

The office of Michael C. Hennenberg is an Ohio criminal defense law firm that focuses our law practice on defending people charged with white collar crimes, including mortgage fraud. As a criminal trial advocate certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, founding attorney Michael C. Hennenberg, along with attorney Justin C. Withrow, will skillfully defend homebuyers, mortgage officers, realtors, appraisers and others accused of falsely obtaining loans or conspiring to defraud lenders, homeowners or the government against federal and Ohio state criminal charges.

There are a variety of criminal mortgage or banking fraud schemes the government targets. Here are some examples:

  • Equity skimming. In this type of case, a homeowner is persuaded to sign over the deed to his or her home to an investor who promises to rescue the property from foreclosure. Through a shell corporation, the investor depletes the equity of the home through upfront fees, while he or she collects monthly rent from the victim, but never makes a mortgage payment — until the mortgage holder forecloses on the property.
  • Homebuyers are accused of mortgage fraud who have allegedly misrepresented income, debts or other information to qualify for a home loan.
  • Property flipping. Essentially, the client is alleged to have purchased and resold property several times utilizing fraudulent appraisals.

"In the wake of the foreclosure crisis and the financial bailout of lenders that followed, state and federal law enforcement agencies have created special units dedicated to prosecuting mortgage fraud cases. The result has been more indictments alleging mortgage fraud-related crimes that may result in significant prison sentences and stiff fines." —Cleveland, Ohio, lawyer Michael C. Hennenberg

Protecting Your Rights In Federal Criminal Cases

To schedule a consultation about a mortgage fraud case, contact the office of Michael C. Hennenberg in Cleveland, Ohio. A mortgage fraud defense lawyer at our firm can meet with you and determine how best to handle your case. Call 440-565-4214.

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