Defense Against Charges Of Mortgage Fraud
The federal government and the state of Illinois have become increasingly aggressive in their prosecution of mortgage fraud charges. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has even created the Mortgage Fraud Task Force (MFTF) to go after real estate professionals who have committed this type of fraud.
Mortgage fraud refers to a wide range of illegal acts, from real estate professionals creating falsely inflated appraisals in order to flip properties at a profit to homebuyers falsifying information to get better terms on a mortgage. Federal statutes do not include a crime called mortgage fraud, so these cases of fraud are typically charged as wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud or another type of fraud. Whatever you have been accused of, it is critical that you take immediate action to defend yourself. An experienced white collar crime attorney can help.
Ready To Go To Trial To Protect Your Rights
At Cheronis, Parente & Levitt LLC in Chicago, we aggressively defend real estate professionals, homeowners and others accused of mortgage fraud. If you have been arrested for making a false statement on a loan application, making a false appraisal in connection with a home loan or engaging in other behavior that may constitute mortgage fraud, we can help. We take a hands-on approach to these complex cases, digging in and finding the weaknesses in the case against you while investigating to find evidence of our own. We build cases for trial and are prepared to stand up for you in front of a judge and jury if necessary.
Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Since the FBI actively investigates incidents of mortgage fraud, many people who are arrested for mortgage fraud face charges in federal court. Since our law firm practices exclusively in criminal defense, we can offer a strong defense to state or federal charges.
If You Have Been Contacted By The Police Or FBI
If you have been contacted by a law enforcement officer, the FBI, the Mortgage Fraud Task Force or any other agency to answer questions about a home loan application, home appraisal, or home purchase and sale transaction, you may be the subject of a criminal investigation. Use caution when communicating with any of these agencies, because anything you say may be used against you and you may ultimately be charged with a crime.
The best way to protect your rights is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Prompt action on your part is helpful and could even help you avoid being charged. Whether you are under investigation or you have been charged with mortgage fraud, early intervention by an experienced defense attorney is important.