YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A federal judge in Newark this morning sentenced a husband and wife from Westwood to 18 months and 24 months, respectively, for scamming lending companies out of $3.4 million in mortgages — $269,000 of which the government said they pocketed.
Linda Yarleque and Fabio Moreno also were ordered to pay $716,353 in restitution, forfeit $262,198 and undergo three years of supervised release.
U.S. District Judge William H. Walls staggered the sentences, with Yarleque serving her 24 months first, followed by Moreno at 18 months.
Jurors last November convicted the couple after two hours of deliberations following a one-week trial.
According to a release from U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman:
“Yarleque and Moreno obtained 10 fraudulent loans over a period of three years.
“They falsified their employment and income, failed to disclose their debts and other properties that they owned, and lied about where they lived.
“They fraudulently obtained a total of $3.4 million in mortgages this way and personally pocketed approximately $269,000, through ‘cash out’ refinancings that they directed to their own bank accounts.
“They then spent that money on vacations, cars, and to buy more properties.
“The defendants made up a phony business where Moreno was supposedly employed (My Limousine). They then obtained a phone line in the name of My Limousine and had it forwarded to their personal cell phones.
“When mortgage lenders called to verify Moreno’s employment, the defendants lied, posing as fictitious employees, using names such as ‘Janet Alvarez’ and ‘Casandra Sterling’.”
Fishman credited special agents of the FBI for the investigation and thanked IRS-Criminal Investigation for its role in the case. Representing the government are Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Jamari Buxton of the general crimes unit and Rachael A. Honig, counsel to the U.S. Attorney.
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