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Prisoner gets longer sentence for bay area fraud

TAMPA — A former Hillsborough County mortgage broker already in prison for committing fraud in Chicago received a second federal sentence on Wednesday for pulling off a similar scam in the Tampa Bay area.

Luis Javier Uribe, 28, of Apollo Beach, pleaded guilty in March to charges that included wire fraud affecting a financial institution and aggravated identity theft.

U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday sentenced him to 8 1/2 years in prison. He's already serving 34 months after pleading guilty last year to similar, unrelated federal charges in Chicago.

Tampa prosecutors said Uribe worked with a title agent to falsify credit histories and inflate the values of properties to secure loans, forging signatures on some closing documents.

Authorities estimated that the scheme caused lenders to fund at least 32 fraudulent loans totaling more than $6-million.

Uribe had the money deposited into a bank account he controlled.

Prisoner gets longer sentence for bay area fraud 06/11/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 2:29pm]
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