Man gets 2 years for $4M bank loan scheme

The Dallas Morning News - - Texas Briefs -

HOUS­TON — A 65-yearold Hous­ton-area man has been sen­tenced to two years in fed­eral prison and has been or­dered to pay more than $3 mil­lion in resti­tu­tion for par­tic­i­pat­ing in a com­mer­cial loan scheme that cost sev­eral Hous­ton-area banks more than $4 mil­lion.

Gre­gory Rober­son of Mis­souri City had pleaded guilty last June. He was sen­tenced Fri­day by U.S. District Judge Gray Miller.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that Rober­son as­sisted the scheme rin­gleader, 44-year-old An­dre Che­nier of Hous­ton, by prepar­ing false in­come tax forms and other doc­u­ments to help Che­nier ob­tain mil­lions in com­mer­cial loans from 2004 to 2012. Che­nier lived off the loan pro­ceeds made to fake com­pa­nies and ul­ti­mately de­faulted on the loans.

Che­nier ear­lier was sen­tenced to four years in prison and was or­dered to pay $4.5 mil­lion in resti­tu­tion.

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