Rebecca Huck Sentenced to Nearly 6 Years in Prison
Rebecca Marie Hauck–who has been called the ‘better half’ of a Bonnie & Clyde team that is credited with committing more real estate and mortgage fraud-related crimes than you can shake a stick at–was sentenced yesterday afternoon by a U.S. District Judge in Georgia to serve 5 years and 10 months in prison for her role in a string of mortgage and bank fraud-related crimes.
As most Flipping Frenzy readers already know, Hauck was involved in fraud schemes that resulted not only in millions of dollars in losses for innocent homeowners and banks, but she also snarled property titles on residences throughout the southeastern part of the United States. Hauck and co-defendant Matthew Cox (who is still on the loose, by the way) stole homeowners’ identities and placed multiple loans on houses they did not own, which created a level of havoc that is still being felt across five southeastern states.
Hauck, who is just 34-years-old, will serve her time in a federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,197,970.00, and was ordered to forfeit any profits from book, television or any entertainment rights she secures here in the U.S.
According to the information presented in court, Hauck and co-defendant Cox fraudulently erased mortgage liens on rented properties. In the process, they stole the identities of the people from whom they rented, and frequently obtained multiple new mortgage loans on the properties. After they executed the scheme in one location, they changed locations and did the same thing over and over again. Hauck and Cox used stolen identities to obtain drivers licenses, purchase vehicles, lease mail drops, rent apartments and open bank accounts to receive scheme proceeds throughout the states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Hauck was indicted in late-September of 2005 on 42 counts of bank fraud, wire fraud, interstate transportation of fraud proceeds, identity theft, money laundering and conspiracy. Her indictment, which was unsealed in March of this year when the U.S. Secret Service arrested her in Houston, Texas, came as a wake-up call to some real estate industry insiders.
For his part, 36-year-old Matthew Cox–whose known aliases include Maxwell Price, David Richard Freeman, Gerald Scott Cugno, Michael Shawn Shanahan, Gary Lee Sullivan, Michael John Eckert, Michael White, Kevin White, David White, and James Redd–is alleged to have obtained a number of the stolen identities from homeless people by posing as a Red Cross worker taking a survey. According to the U.S. Secret Service, he has used elaborate schemes to avoid capture, including obtaining state-issued and counterfeit driver’s licenses. He has not used his true name since 2003, and is believed to be armed and dangerous. Law enforcement is seeking the assistance of the real estate industry in locating Cox, who has been a fugitive since December of 2003. Anyone with information about Matthew Cox’s whereabouts can contact the Secret Service toll-free, 24 hours a day, by calling 1-877-242-3375.