January 11, 2012

Two Miami woman charged with mortgage fraud; one still at large


Two Miami women were arrested, accused of committing mortgage fraud in the purchase of a Sugarloaf Key home. A third one is wanted on an outstanding warrant.

The women conspired in 2007  to falsify documents regarding the purchase of a home on Pinetree Lane, Sugarloaf Key. The actual house purchase price was $899,000.00; paperwork falsified by the women showed the sale price at $1,940,000.00.  Detective Diane Mimosa received an anonymous tip about the crime in February of 2011.

Detective Mimosa’s lengthy and detailed investigations showed that during the process of purchasing the home, the women conspired to take a mortgage out on the property using the falsified and inflated property value; they then paid off the seller, the real estate agent and other costs based on the original sale price, pocketing the remainder of the mortgage amount – about $450,000.00 in all.

Warrants were issued on January 4th for 31 year old Sacha Rodriguez of Miami and 45 year old Alba Fito of Hialeah.  They were both booked into jail Tuesday, charged with grand theft over $100,000.00 – a first degree felony, and mortgage fraud, a second degree felony.

A warrant has been issued for a third woman, 43 year old Anayansi Perez of Miami. Perez is accused of knowingly allowing the two other women to use her identity when applying for the fraudulent mortgage. She will also be charged with grand theft and mortgage fraud.

Rodriguez has been convicted of similar crimes in other jurisdictions in Florida; Fito has been charged with similar crimes and cases against her are still ongoing.

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