2 metro-area real estate agents convicted in mortgage fraud conspiracy

Hill and Kelske worked with document fabricators to change bank statements and create fake records of assets for potential homebuyers, Erskine said. Other defendants in the case would then take calls and emails from lenders and verify the homebuyers’ employment information, even though they did not work with the homebuyers.

Hill and Kelske also worked with two other real estate agents who pretended to represent the homebuyers, according to Erskine. Those two agents would collect the commission on the buyer’s side of the deal and send most of it back to Hill and Kelske. To avoid any suspicion, the buyers’ agents would often tell the closing attorneys that they could not physically attend the closing and would send wire instructions for their commission, Erskine said.

“Eric Hill and his co-conspirators defrauded mortgage loan holders out of millions of dollars, with taxpayers being saddled with much of the loss,” Erskine said.

“While it is easy to dismiss financial fraud cases as victimless crimes because of their lack of violence, there is, however, very real victimization to our economy and our taxpayers,” Special Agent of FBI Atlanta Chris Hacker said.

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On the south side of I-20, a large Takeda pharmaceutical plant and a Facebook data center have been built in recent years, but residents say fewer people lived near those sites.","_id":"GO75Q6LZWJFAZEFLWYFJGKFF4I","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642792245843,"type":"text","content":"Ken Edwards said it’s good for Georgia that Rivian will create jobs, but that he moved to Social Circle from Dacula “for the small-town atmosphere, and I would hate to lose that.”","_id":"QP7QW3YAMRFKDPJNXD5CU5PQ4M","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642800041254,"type":"text","content":"According to a site plan posted online recently by economic development officials, the plant will include 12 buildings with about 19.8 million square feet of interior space. 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Posted by Douglasville Police Department on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Many of them were teenagers who’d heard about the party on social media.","_id":"JOGFVC4T6BDG3O2PH7SDQ6DEVI","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"RPQNYXM3HBH2DATJR7IGYL46FE","type":"interstitial_link","content":"3 of 4 suspects arrested in 15-year-old’s shooting death at Douglasville party","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/crime/3-of-4-suspects-arrested-in-15-year-olds-shooting-death-at-douglasville-party/C4BL2QXBDFHRDI63VIIIIS475E/","_id":"75HGPUVTQBHSNF5XP5QATV3YMY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642649732558,"type":"text","content":"Police said Wilson was among a group of four from Cobb County who showed up to the party in a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Zorree Peeples, the AJC reported. Karea Cowvins, 17, and 20-year-old Davion White were the other passengers in the vehicle.","_id":"XZFIKDPQNZH6FCZD3LKHC7DM54","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642649732559,"type":"text","content":"After staying at the party for some time, the four left and got back into their vehicle. As they were driving away, at least two armed members of the group began shooting in the direction of the party, authorities said. Police said one of the bullets struck and killed the 15-year-old victim, whose name has not been released.","_id":"JERFLJF2IJGWROKWVHOSDQN6PY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642649732560,"type":"text","content":"The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but investigators said Tuesday all of the charges are gang-related.","_id":"MVRTHAXOCBDT5J43LAF3OJK5NM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642649732561,"type":"text","content":"Cowvins and Peeples are being held without bond in the county jail on charges of participating in criminal gang activity and several counts of being party to an aggravated assault.","_id":"BJKVLAEV6BHJPLHKULSY5GDJMY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642649732562,"type":"text","content":"White was arrested in Oklahoma and has yet to be booked in Douglas County, according to authorities. 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