Six people charged in mortgage scheme

Six people are charged with mortgage fraud and bank fraud in an identity theft scheme.

A federal grand jury indicted an attorney, real estate agent, mortgage originator and loan officer on 22 counts for allegedly obtaining money for which they were not entitled.

The indictment accuses the suspects of participating in a scheme which caused prospective homebuyers to obtain mortgages from financial institutions based on false loan applications and documentation.

The suspects allegedly received thousands of dollars by misrepresenting information on HUD forms and, at times, used stolen identities to help conceal their connections to the transactions.

Those charged included attorney Louis Marandola, 41 of Providence, loan originator Brian R. McCaffrey, 38 of East Greenwich, former loan officer Raffaele M. Marziale, 41 of Bristol, loan processor Lauren Sienko, 33 or Rehoboth, real estate agent Gina M. Ronci Mohamed, 45 of Lincoln, and real estate investor Edwin Rodriguez, 35 of Pawtucket.

All of the accused were arraigned this week and released on bonds.

The investigating agencies include the Rhode Island U.S. Attorney, Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General, U.S. Secret Service, and the Rhode Island State Police.


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