Irish cit­i­zen ex­tra­dited to face US court

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - TODAY IN YOUR SUNDAY INDEPENDENT -

A dual cit­i­zen of Ire­land and the US has been ex­tra­dited from Ire­land to face fed­eral charges over an al­leged mort­gage fraud scheme. The US at­tor­ney’s of­fice said for­mer Mas­sachusetts res­i­dent, 44-year-old Pa­trick Lee, was ar­raigned on Thurs­day in Bos­ton.

Lee, who has been liv­ing in Ire­land for 10 years, was in­dicted in 2011. His ex­tra­di­tion was Ire­land’s first to the US since 2012.

Prose­cu­tors al­lege Lee par­tic­i­pated in a mort­gage fraud scheme from 2005 to 2007, shortly be­fore the hous­ing bub­ble burst. The in­dict­ment said Lee and oth­ers con­verted Bos­ton prop­er­ties into con­do­mini­ums, pre­pared fake mort­gage loan ap­pli­ca­tions and forged prop­erty ap­praisals.

Lee’s at­tor­ney said her client will be ac­quit­ted.

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