2 Convicted In Fla. Housing Fraud Scheme

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two people have been convicted of an elaborate housing fraud scheme that operated out of a vacant South Florida coin laundry.

A federal jury last week convicted Darryl Burke and Vicki Garland of Delray Beach on conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud charges. They face sentencing April 18.

Testimony showed the pair used the coin laundry address for a variety of fake companies. Evidence showed they falsified documents to obtain bank loans to invest in low-income neighborhoods. Then they enrolled the properties in U.S. Housing and Urban Development low-income programs to receive money from government vouchers.

Testimony also showed Burke and Garland falsely claimed to be disabled veterans to avoid property taxes.

Prosecutors say the pair had a waterfront residence, luxury cars and courtside tickets to Miami Heat games.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

6 of the Best Ways to Spend Your Summer in Tampa BayTampa Bay is calling your name! Our beautiful area offers so much and this list is just a small segment of what Tampa Bay has in store for you this summer. Here are the best ways to spend your summer here in Tampa Bay.
Best Party Beaches Around Tampa BayIt's illegal to drink alcohol on most of Tampa Bay's beaches - unless you know about these next six locations.

Listen Live