Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Georgia Woman Imprisoned for 18 Months for Mortgage Fraud

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that an Atlanta, Georgia resident was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge William J. Nealon for her role in a Luzerne County mortgage fraud scheme in 2005 and 2006.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Nancy Barlet, age 52, previously pleaded guilty to a charge of mail fraud as an aider and abettor. Barlet admitted to providing false employment and income information on mortgage applications for numerous properties in the Wilkes-Barre area in 2005 and 2006. The fraud involved mortgages worth more than $400,000.

Barlet was charged in a criminal information filed by the United States Attorney’s Office in October 2008. The charge resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Wilkes-Barre Police.

Judge Nealon also ordered Barlet to serve three years of supervised release following her prison sentence, and pay a special assessment of $100. The amount of restitution will be determined within 90 days.

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