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October 24, 2008

Saying sorry helps in mortgage fraud sentencing

This local article, headlined "2 apologize, are sentenced for roles in mortgage fraud," provides an example of how sentencing even for a new-fashioned crimes can be impacted by old-fashioned apologies (and cooperation):

Kenyatta Johnson's apology for her role in mortgage fraud was almost too soft to hear. Meanwhile, Dwayne L. Carter's apology yesterday in U.S. District Court was booming, and to "the city of Columbus" and mortgage-fraud victims.

Federal Judge Algenon L. Marbley ordered both to spend time in prison for the crime of conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud.  Carter, 36, and Johnson, 28, are two of nine people charged in a local mortgage-fraud scheme that affected more than 200 people and involved loans worth more than $2.6 million, IRS agents have said...

Marbley ordered that Johnson, who processed loans, serve one month in prison and 11 months on house arrest. Carter, a loan officer, was ordered to prison for two years. When they are released, both will be supervised for three years.

Marbley said he gave Johnson, of Michigan, leniency because by all accounts "she was the least culpable in the scheme." She has children dependent on her and has no criminal past, the judge said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Brown asked that Carter be given a reduced sentence because the Reynoldsburg man "was the very first one to cooperate, which he did essentially at day one."

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Iwas a victim of Dwayne Carter! Its nothing but salt in the wound for what this scumbag did! They has the gaul to ask to be to start sentencing after the holidays! What the hell is that!? I hope the day he walks out of jail someone blows that bastards face off! As the the crying bitch! Now she crys! The Bitch wasn't crying when she was scarming with scumboy! This is another example of how minorities get off with a slap on the hand!

Posted by: victim | Oct 25, 2008 2:36:38 PM

Iwas a victim of Dwayne Carter! Its nothing but salt in the wound for what this scumbag did! They has the gaul to ask to be to start sentencing after the holidays! What the hell is that!? I hope the day he walks out of jail someone blows that bastards face off! As the the crying bitch! Now she crys! The Bitch wasn't crying when she was scarming with scumboy! This is another example of how minorities get off with a slap on the hand!

Posted by: victim | Oct 25, 2008 2:37:23 PM

From my understanding all of us so called victims were not victims until things hit the fan. When we were recieving money for the deals there was not a problem. How much did you recieve and blow? And how many properties did you get? I did 3 deals and recieved money from them and was happy at the time. We all have made stupid choices in our life when it comes to money but I blame nobody but myself because I knew what was going on.

Posted by: victim as well but my fault | Nov 13, 2008 11:38:39 AM

Dwayne Carter is a scumb and has hurt
many people before this whole scam and
for many years. He deserves much more
than 2 years and will say anything to
get a lighter sentence, he's a pussy.
He gets away with everything and has
hurt people and businesses for 20 years.
The fact that they are giving him until
after Christmas to go to jail, is SAD.

Posted by: | Nov 28, 2008 3:56:07 PM

I would like to say thanks to the author for
this well briefed information.Thanks

Posted by: verplichte verzekering | Mar 10, 2009 3:47:02 AM

I was a victim of Dwayne Carter as well...but somehow I eneded up with 30 days in prison and 11 months house arrest...now ain't that a bitch! Yea my apology was soft and barely above a whisper...hell I was still in shock about the whole thing!!! I was NEVER aware of what Dwayne and the rest of my co-defendents were up to. I thought I was helping a friend RUSH some loans through while he was in a pinch....Little did I know that my life would NEVER be the same....Since you guys have the "facts" you already know that I had no criminal history, but now I'm a felon. I can't relate to the other defendents flossing in luxury cars and living the good life. I barely had 2 nickels to rub together and Dwayne knew this...so when he sent me $500 here and $1000 there for "all the help I've been" yea I took it!!! BUT MORTGAGE FRAUD? I'm still having a hard time wrapping my mind around the whole thing. Who ever shot Dwayne a few years back should have had better aim and took the sorry bastard out. I'm left here to pick up the pieces and make something of They say treat others as you'ld like to be treated....I'd never do that to my enemy....now I'm stuck trying to find truth and sincerity in what people say & do...can I trust that this is from the heart or are you just another "Dwayne Carter" in my life....? Lord help me....help me to see the good in people again. I'm innocent of these charges regardless what the judge said. I plan to get this espounged if possible....or was that a lie that my court appointed attorney Isabell Thomas-Dixson told me. Just like she said she doesn't want me to get caught up with the "big fish" and nobody thinks prison is the place from me...well maybe for 30 days....ha...so I took the plea...but in my heart I wanted to go to trial....I need to research the word "Overt action" those words seem to have taken a part of my life away. But after the rain comes the sun....I'm moving on...although it hasn't been very easy, being on house arrest with my children....they are on house arrest as well....and I owe this all to Dwayne Carter....Thanks hon!!! I wonder if your wife or baby momma knows I slept in your bed....yea you had me thinking you were into me for a minute there....I guess you got a good laugh on me huh? Its all good. karma baby....it's a bitch!!! I wish I could tell him how much this situation has hurt me....from my hair being cut off in prison...not being able to graduate as I planned....having to quit my job....and the emotional scares I can't even begin to describe....But look at God...ha...my hair is growing back...I'll be graduating in August and furthering my education as a social worker....I even got my job back with a RAISE!!! God knows the real story...regardless as to what you guys decided to publish...If you ever REALLY care to hear my side of the story (since my age and job title are incorrect) I'll assume you know how to reach me...well maybe not since some of your facts are wrong....562-200-6164. I'll tell you MY involvement in the whole messed up situation...ya'll be blessed...I know I am. To God be the glory for the things that he has done.

Posted by: Kenyatta Johnson | May 18, 2009 11:45:29 PM

Mortgage fraud is a serious issue and showing remorse generally does have an effect on the sentence regardless of the crime; it shows accountability for ones actions.

Posted by: Gmac Mortgage | Apr 8, 2011 5:25:49 PM

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