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Man sentenced to 32 years for bank fraud scheme

On July 10, it was reported that a North Carolina man was convicted of being involved in an elaborate bank fraud scheme in which he reportedly pocketed approximately $1.6 million. The 31-year-old Greensboro man was sentenced on July 9 to 32 years in prison and five years of supervised release.

The scheme was tracked back to 2013. Investigators found a variety of items, including more than $85,000 in musical recording equipment and instruments. The agents also reportedly found the key to a storage unit in the man's car, which ultimately led to a storage unit located in Texas that had gold bars and coins that were estimated to be worth more than $300,000. The man also had a Big Sauer .45 pistol in the storage unit. Authorities also seized cellphones, computers and a vehicle.

The agents determined that the man had used holding companies to purchase foreclosed homes using home equity loans. He was successful in receiving $200,000 in loans. He also reportedly forged bank liens on eight other properties using fake notaries and the identifies of bank employees. The man reportedly told the judge that he planned to appeal the conviction.

When a person is facing charges on federal crimes, the stakes are often much higher as the punishments may be far more severe than state crimes. For some federal crimes, there are often mandatory sentences. A federal criminal defense attorney may assist with determining what evidence may be admissible or inadmissible in court and draft a strong defense. If a person has already been convicted of a federal crime, the attorney may assist with handling the appeal and other post-conviction proceedings.

Source: The Charlotte Observer, "Bank fraud paid for gold bullion, an expensive guitar and lots of cash", Craig Jarvis, July 10, 2018

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