Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Largo woman pleads guilty to house inspection scam

TAMPA — A 39-year-old Largo woman faces up to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Tammy Roaderick, co-owner of American Mortgage Field Services in Brooksville, admitted her role in a fraudulent home inspection scheme worth more than $12.7 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The company, formerly called Mid-Florida Home Securing, performed inspections on foreclosed homes owned or insured by the government.

From 2007 to 2012, AMFS received lists of homes to inspect each month. Inspections involved visiting homes, filling out a report and taking photos.

According to prosecutors, Roaderick told employees — many of whom were either high school students or recent graduates — to inspect the assigned properties once and take additional photos to use later. AMFS then skipped subsequent inspections and used information available on the Internet to fabricate inspection reports.

Employees earned cash bonuses for falsified reports.

Roaderick's co-conspirator, Dean Counce, 43, pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Roaderick is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 7 at the federal courthouse in Tampa.

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