Clint Rogers, 37, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Angela Rogers, 31, Scottsdale, a pastor and his wife, as well as Shannon Kato, 40, Sedona, Arizona; Ernest Babbini, 55, Scottsdale; and Drew Hull, 30, Prescott, Arizona, have been indicted for alleged mortgage fraud crimes. Clint Rogers, Angela Rogers, and Shannon Kato have been arrested, and Ernest Babbini and Drew Hull have been served with a summons to appear in federal court.
The defendants are charged for their involvement in multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud conspiracies. Specifically, the defendants fraudulently obtained millions in loans and "cash back" loan proceeds. The defendants are charged with various counts of conspiracy, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit transactional money laundering.
The 13-count indictment alleges that the defendants submitted false loan applications to banks and other lending institutions to buy numerous residential properties in a short period of time, lying about the borrowers' income and liabilities in order to get financing of more than $5.5 million. Most of the homes referenced in the indictment are in Scottsdale, Arizona. The indictment also alleges that the defendants profited from the scheme by artificially increasing the sale prices of the properties and then directing portions of the loan proceeds back to themselves for their own personal use, while concealing this information from the lenders. The indictment alleges over $2.5 million in loan proceeds were directed back to the defendants during a single five-month period.