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In deal involving ex-judge, former stripper pleads to bank fraud

TAMPA — Federal prosecutors accepted a plea deal Friday for Christy Yamanaka, a former stripper charged with bank fraud for lying on a home loan application with a former appeals judge.

Yamanaka, 49, pleaded guilty a day after being charged with the crime that cost Thomas E. Stringer Sr. his judgeship and his law license.

Prosecutors said Stringer applied for the loan through Wells Fargo in 2004 to buy a $350,000 house in Hawaii for Yamanaka.

Stringer took money from the woman, whom he'd known for 15 years, to make the down payment, then wrote that none of it was borrowed, the plea said. The mortgage was issued in his name, which kept creditors from knowing she owned a property.

The former 2nd District Court of Appeal judge was sentenced to supervised release, 150 hours of community service and forfeiture of more than $220,000 for bank fraud in November 2009.

If a judge accepts Yamanaka's deal, she must forfeit proceeds from the home's sale. She faces up to 30 years in prison, $1 million fine and up to five years of supervised release.

In deal involving ex-judge, former stripper pleads to bank fraud 04/30/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 7:27pm]
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