Antony Dehaney of Lauderhill and Coral Springs, Florida pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, one count of mail fraud and a single count of making a false declaration in a bankruptcy case in what is described as a $10 million mortgage fraud scheme.
According to a press release issued by R. Alexander Acosta, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Dehaney acknowledged in his plea to engaging in a scheme to submit fraudulent mortgage applications, with fraudulent supporting documents, to various lenders in the name of straw buyers. The scheme involved more than 25 mortgage transactions, resulting in more than $10,000,000 in loans in Broward County, Florida. As part of the scheme, Dehaney also admitted to filing false bankruptcy petitions under chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code in the name of the borrowers to delay the lenders' foreclosure actions.
Co-defendants Marcia Mestre and Angela Manalaysay earlier pleaded guilty on September 3, 2008 and are awaiting a December 12, 2008 sentencing date. Dehaney is scheduled to be sentenced on December 30, 2008.