Five defendants, including two attorneys, were found guilty in a $10.6 million mortgage fraud in US District Court in Boston this week, following a seven-week trial. The charges arose from a mortgage fraud scheme involving ten lenders and 21 properties in South Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Quincy, Hyde Park, and Cohasset, according to court documents and a release from US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.
The two attorneys -- Eric L. Levine of Brookline, 57, who is suspended from practice, and J. Daniel Lindley of Jamaica Plain, 62, were also convicted of money laundering. The scheme involved purchase prices inflated by $15,000 to $255,000 and other false statements on documents, reaping $1.7 million in profits, according to the release.
Convicted on wire fraud charges were the two attorneys and Ernst Appolon of Braintree, 31; Daniel Appolon of Dorchester, 23; and Latoya Haltiwanger of Los Angeles, 28. Levine and Lindley were also convicted on charges of money laundering. All face possible fines and potential prison terms up to a maximum of 20 years. Three other co-defendants pleaded guilty.