Saturday, March 22, 2014
Colorado man sent to 108 months in prison for fraud
Roger K. Howard, 51, Englewood, Colorado, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson to serve 108 months in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering. Following his prison sentence, Howard was ordered to serve three years on supervised release. He also has to pay $8.9 million in restitution to the victims of his crime. The defendant, who appeared at the sentencing hearing free on bond, was ordered to report to a facility designated by the U.S. Bureau of Prison within 15 days from the date of designation. As previously reported by Mortgage Fraud Blog, Howard, along with a co-defendant, Oai Quang Luong, 45, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on January 25, 2012. Howard pled guilty on June 21, 2013. He was sentenced on February 11, 2014. Howard‘s co-defendant, Oai Quang Luong, pled guilty to wire fraud on May 22, 2013, and was sentenced by Judge Jackson on August 15, 2013, to serve 18 months in prison. Luong was ordered to pay restitution totaling $3.2 million joint and several with Howard. According to the facts contained in the indictment as well as the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, in 2006 and 2007, Howard devised and participated in three similar but separate mortgage fraud schemes. The first and larger scheme involved the sales of 26 townhomes in a development known as Oliveglen Villas, East Princeton Place, Aurora, Colorado.