Eleven suspects have been arrested on charges such as wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering after authorities uncovered an elaborate scheme which defrauded several banks and other lenders out of more than $9.6 million through a series of fraudulent real estate closings in Illinois. A federal grand jury returned a 37-count indictment against the defendants based on the inquiry conducted by the FBI, IRS and local police. According to the indictment, some of the defendants falsely posed as buyers and sellers of real estate that they had no actual interest in buying or selling.
While taking part in these closings, the defendants allegedly often provided false names and presented false identification documents, such as fake Illinois drivers’ licenses and ID cards. The defendants allegedly caused financing to be arranged for the purported buyers of the real estate. At each of the closings, one of the defendants provided to the title companies a fraudulent mortgage release, authorities allege. These bogus releases falsely represented that the banks and lenders who held the previous mortgages against the real estate had released their mortgages.
Acting in reliance on these mortgage releases, the title companies disbursed the loan funds to the defendants. The defendants laundered these fraudulently obtained loan proceeds in a variety of ways, such as having title companies issue checks to third parties and then depositing the checks into their back accounts. The fraudulent closings took place at branch offices of five different title companies located in Chicago, the Chicago suburbs and Crystal Lake.
The defendants were identified as:
Jan Rozycka, 42
Ignacy Kondrad, 48
Waldemar Wilkiewicz, 28
Michael Skatulski, 32
Magdalena Banasik, 53
Robert Karolkiewicz, 40
Zbigniew Recko, 35
Ioan Corsiuc, 63
Bozena Sauciuc, 43
Dorothy Kawa, 35
Julita Uramowska, 31
Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Verseman said Monday’s pleadings brings the case near conclusion. The remaining defendant, a 65-year-old
Sentencings are pending against the 10 men and women. The lone remaining defendant, Ioan Corsiuc, is due back in court Aug. 25. Pleading guilty in past weeks were Michael Skatulski, 33, of