Experienced White Collar Crime Attorneys In Northeast Florida

In their zeal to stop mortgage fraud, state and federal prosecutors cast a wide net. From lending and real estate professionals to homebuyers, the law firm of Stone Lockett has defended many people caught up in these investigations.

If you have been indicted in relation to a mortgage investigation, or suspect you are under investigation as a party to fraud, it is critical to consult an attorney before making any statements. Even if you think you can clear your name or get credit for cooperating with law enforcement, any information you volunteer can and will be used by investigators or prosecutors to build a case against you.

Our Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers provide a skilled defense to individuals and corporations in Florida, and nationwide. We have obtained dismissals and jury acquittals in major mortgage fraud conspiracy prosecutions, and have helped many clients avoid charges or mitigate the punishment if a conviction is unavoidable. Contact us immediately to protect your rights and receive knowledgeable advice from experienced attorneys to ensure you are treated fairly.

Mortgage Fraud and Related Crimes

Attorney Mitch Stone is a Board-Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer who has defended clients against complex prosecutions stemming from mortgage loans and property transactions:

  • Mortgage fraud for profit — Straw buyer schemes and other collusion to obtain bogus mortgages or flip properties at artificially inflated values
  • Mortgage fraud for housing — Exaggerated income or other false information on a mortgage loan application
  • TARP fraud — Kickbacks, misrepresentation, misuse of funds or other fraud involving loan modifications or bailout money through the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program
  • Bank fraud — Defrauding a financial institution (bank, credit union, savings & loan) to obtain commercial or personal financing
  • Real estate fraud — Selling non-existent property, concealing defects or misleading buyers about the value, condition or encumbrances of the property

Stone Lockett has defended homebuyers, real estate investors, real estate appraisers, mortgage brokers and bankers, real estate agents and loan processors accused of mortgage fraud and related charges. The indictments commonly carry additional charges such as wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy, money laundering or tax fraud.

Savvy Representation for Investigations and Formal Charges

Our lawyers have counseled targets of state and federal investigations and grand jury investigations, and we have successfully defended clients through trial after they were indicted for mortgage fraud and other crimes. We advise clients on what is safe to say to authorities, especially if they are not yet charged with crime. If contacted before charges have been lodged or an arrest has been made we strive to avert formal charges of our clients if possible. We find that negotiating from a position of power is essential. Our experience and reputation make that possible for our clients.

If the prosecution goes forward, we understand how to decipher the documentation involved in mortgage and other financial transactions We are skilled at finding the information necessary to defend our clients whether that means raising doubt concerning their involvement in the scheme or proving lack of criminal intent to defraud. See our criminal defense Success Stories.

Mortgage fraud and bank fraud are serious felonies carrying years in prison. With your freedom at stake, you need an experienced criminal law attorney who understands these prosecutions and federal court. Call us at 904-396-3335 for a free, confidential consultation, or contact us online.