2-year term given in fraud

April 26, 2008

A Florida woman whose son is alleged to be a major drug dealer was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to two years in prison for wire fraud in a mortgage fraud scheme, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Yolanda Crawley, 59, of West Palm Beach also was ordered by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz to serve five years of supervised probation and to pay $200,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say that Crawley admitted submitting false information on mortgage applications in 2005 and 2006 to help her obtain loans to purchase Florida properties. The loan application information had been faxed from Maryland to financial institutions in other states. A Baltimore attorney and a mortgage broker who had participated in the fraud scheme have pleaded guilty, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors allege that Crawley's son, Shawn Green, 41, of Columbia, participated in the mortgage fraud.

Green - who is being sought as a fugitive - also has been charged in a separate indictment with conspiracy to distribute cocaine from 1998 to last year and with conspiracy to commit money laundering from 2004 to last year.

The indictment seeks the forfeiture of $4 million related to the Florida properties and the value of cocaine allegedly sold.

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