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Another Pierce Commercial Bank Executive Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud

thewoodslawoffice.comMay 27, 2013

By Douglas Woods

As the housing market shows signs of recovery from the recent collapse, the number of people accused of mortgage fraud is on the rise.  In an effort to crack down on fraud, federal and state agencies have combined their resources to pursue criminal activity involving mortgage fraud.

In September 2012, the FBI reported that over the past three years, the U. S. Justice Department filed "more than 10,000 financial fraud cases against nearly 15,000 defendants including more than 2,700 mortgage fraud defendants." Their investigation methods include collecting data from all levels of the mortgage industry, to analyze it for emerging trend patterns.  This tactic led to the arrests and ultimate convictions of 10 former employees of Pierce Commercial Bank for a mortgage fraud scheme that ultimately led to the collapse of the Tacoma bank.

Shawn Portmann, a former senior vice president of the fallen bank, received a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges of mortgage fraud. Portmann and nine former bank employees conspired to submit over 270 false mortgage loan documents.  Because of these fraudulent loans, the bank reported losing more than $10 million in profits.   Authorities from the FBI and HUD said the scheme involved bank personnel at every level of the mortgage loan process, making it difficult for them to detect the fraud.  Portmann's sentence includes five years supervised release, forfeit of $10 million earnings and $102,000 in cash stashed in a backpack.

Mortgage fraud investigators use a variety of techniques, often leaving those suspected of the crime with few resources to defend themselves. Tacoma fraud lawyers can defend your constitutional rights if you are accused of fraud by using false or stolen information on mortgage documents, including:

  • Foreclosures
  • Property flipping
  • Mortgage debt elimination
  • Equity skimming

If you are accused of fraud or other white collar crimes, contact the attorneys at The Woods Law Office .  We have extensive experience in conducting thorough investigations to provide you with an aggressive defense.

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