Mort­gage fraud de­fen­dant pleas guilty to charges

Judge gives man 20 years

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

One de­fen­dant in an in­tri­cate case of mort­gage fraud pled guilty Thurs­day, a deal that could re­sult in more plea agree­ments.

Kwame Gor­don pled to two counts of mort­gage fraud and was sen­tenced to 20 years, five of which will be served in con­fine­ment.

Chief As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Layla Hin­ton said Gor­don was part of a com­plex scam de­signed to bor­row money un­der a false name. Gor­don re­port­edly trav­eled to New York and found a man Hin­ton de­scribed as hard on his luck. He then flew this man back to Ge­or­gia where he as­sumed the iden­tity of Le­nard Wohlabaugh.

They then al­legedly tried to take out a mort­gage loan un­der the stolen iden­tity.

The Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment, with the help of the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, set up a sting in May 2006 to catch Gor­don, as well as three oth­ers, in the act. The men re­port­edly met in down­town Cov­ing­ton to close a deal, and af­ter the trans­ac­tion was com­pleted, the four sus­pects were ar­rested and charged with mort­gage fraud.

Hin­ton said the three other men were set for trial later this month, but Gor­don’s plead­ing might lead to more deals be­ing struck.


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