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Former Hillsborough official gets prison in mortgage fraud

TAMPA — The former director of real estate services for Hillsborough County was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for his role in a 2006 Tennessee mortgage scheme.

Anthony Haynes, 54, provided false information on SunTrust Bank loan applications and closing documents for two personal mortgages that were used to buy nine land lots, court records state.

He was indicted in September and pleaded guilty in January to two federal counts of wire fraud affecting a financial institution. He received credit for assisting in the prosecution of co-conspirators.

In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich ordered Haynes to forfeit $940,498 and pay an equal amount in restitution, and to serve five years of supervised release after he gets out of prison.

Haynes joined the county's real estate services office in 1985 and was appointed to the director's position in 2011. He was put on leave after the indictment.

He earned nearly $105,000 a year.

Former Hillsborough official gets prison in mortgage fraud 05/06/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 11:45pm]
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