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Palm Harbor woman gets prison time for role in home inspection scheme

TAMPA — A 40-year-old Palm Harbor woman will spend 33 months in federal prison for her role in a home inspection scheme, operated out of Spring Hill, that bilked more than $12.7 million from a program designed to assess foreclosed homes owned or insured by the government.

Tammy Roaderick, co-owner of American Mortgage Field Services, pleaded guilty last July to charges that she and her co-conspirator, Dean Counce, committed wire fraud by fabricating reports for inspections the company had not performed. She was sentenced this week in federal court.

According to prosecutors, from 2007 to 2012, American Mortgage Field Services received lists of homes to inspect each month. Inspections involved visiting the homes, filling out reports and taking photos. However, investigators discovered that many of the company's employees were either high school students or recent graduates who skipped making physical inspections and instead used information available on the Internet to fabricate the reports.

Counce, 43, pleaded guilty in 2012 to conspiracy and was sentenced to eight years in prison. The court also entered a money judgment against Roaderick in the amount of $2,396,498.25, which are the proceeds traceable to the offenses.

Palm Harbor woman gets prison time for role in home inspection scheme 05/30/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 6:10pm]
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