Defending Professionals in Florida Mortgage Fraud Cases
Broker Fraud • Real Estate Broker Fraud • Lender Fraud • Appraiser Fraud
Because of their fiduciary roles, industry insiders can face enhanced criminal penalties if found guilty of profiting from fraudulent transactions through kickbacks, fees, or commissions.
The Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, PA represents clients throughout central Florida, statewide, and nationwide facing criminal charges for mortgage fraud. If you have been approached by bank auditors, or state or federal investigators, contact our defense team immediately. Early representation is important to avoid statements that, if misunderstood, could lead to criminal charges. Also, early representation can prevent actions which may be considered an obstruction of justice.
Our Orlando, Florida criminal defense attorneys represent individuals and companies in the mortgage and banking industry suspected of using their positions to commit mortgage lending fraud or construction loan fraud. We stand willing to represent:
- Bank directors, loan officers, and mortgage brokers accused of falsifying records or green-lighting fraudulent loan applications, often suspected if fees are unusually high
- Appraisers accused of appraisal fraud (collusion with sellers to inflate market prices and "flip" properties)
- Real estate brokers / real estate agents accused of participating in bank fraud and mortgage fraud
- Builders and developers accused of misrepresentation and fraud
Heading Off an Indictment
To obtain a conviction for fraud, authorities must prove criminal intent beyond a reasonable doubt. Our experience has shown that investigators at times wrongly attribute intent to common industry practices in the mortgage lending or commercial lending business. For example, relying exclusively on a certain appraiser may be a "red flag" for appraisal fraud, but the bank or real estate broker may simply have a long and trusted relationship with that appraiser.
While every case is prepared for the possibility of a trial, we attempt to prevent the filing of a criminal case. We review financial documents and work to convince investigators that intentions were good even if the paperwork involved contains irregularities or brings to light sloppy loan procedures.
If a real estate broker, broker or appraiser is charged with fraud, we provide an aggressive defense of the charges. Defense lawyer Mark L. Horwitz is a criminal trial specialist board-certified by the Florida Bar who has more than 30 years of criminal law experience.
Contact the Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, PA online or call our office at 407.401.7224 or 866.784.0023 to arrange a confidential consultation.
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