Three Real Estate Developers Sentenced to Prison for their Roles in $27.8 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme


WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 10, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Three Miami real estate developers were sentenced to prison terms today for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme that caused losses of $27.8 million.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Nadine Gurley of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG) and Special Agent in Charge Timothy A. Mowery of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG) made the announcement.

Stavroula Mendez, 68, was sentenced to 135 months in prison; Lazaro Mendez, 42, was sentenced to 108 months in prison; and Marie Mendez, 49, was sentenced to 57 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Seitz of the Southern District of Florida also ordered each of the defendants to forfeit $35,252,331 in fraudulent proceeds and to pay $21,240,064 in restitution. In November 2014, all three defendants were convicted of wire fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy. Eleven other co-conspirators were previously convicted of fraud in connection with the scheme.

Stavroula Mendez, Lazaro Mendez and Marie Mendez owned, controlled or managed various condominium developments in the Miami area. According to evidence presented at trial, the defendants engaged in a scheme in which…

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