Mortgage Broker Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Mortgage Fraud Scheme
PHILADELPHIA—Frank J. Dattilo, 64, of Holland, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders in an effort to obtain money and property, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. DAttilo was the owner and operator of the mortgage brokerage firm Provident Financial Group (“PFG”), located in Bensalem, PA. He employed Michael Giello as a mortgage broker and loan officer, and Jason Megow as a loan processor. Dattilo marketed to people with poor credit or low incomes. Between January 2004 and February 2007, Dattilo, Giello, and Megos created false documents for use in mortgage applications. The falsified forms, among other things, overstated borrowers’ income, falsely showed that borrowers had rental histories, and showed that a property was an income-producing rental property when, in fact, it was not. These fraudulent documents made borrowers appear more creditworthy than they were, thereby misleading the banks into funding the mortgage loans.
All three defendants pleaded guilty to two counts, each, of mail fraud. Giello was sentenced to one year and one day; Megow was sentenced to one day in prison and five years of supervised release. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Norma Shapiro ordered the three defendants to pay total restitution in the amount of $117,673.66.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania Department of Banking. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maria M. Carrillo.