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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Monday, May 6, 2013

Former Hillsborough County Real Estate Director Sentenced For Mortgage Fraud

Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sentenced Anthony Haynes (54, Seffner) today to one year and one day of imprisonment on two counts of wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent mortgage scheme. A restitution and forfeiture money judgment order was also entered in the amount of $940,498, the total proceeds of the fraud. Haynes pleaded guilty on January 13, 2013.

According to the plea agreement, Haynes, who was employed as the real estate services director for Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, made material misrepresentations in connection with loan applications and closing documents for two personal mortgages. The mortgages were for his purchase of nine land lots located in Tennessee. The mortgages were funded by interstate wires from a federally insured bank, and the closing was conducted by mail.

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley C. Howard-Allen.

Updated January 26, 2015