Jury finds 2 defendants guilty of participating in nationwide foreclosure rescue scam

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CINCINNATI – A federal jury has convicted two individuals of crimes related to their participation in a foreclosure rescue scheme that defrauded at least 780 financially distressed homeowners throughout the United States. The defendants preyed on homeowners who had defaulted on their mortgages and convinced the victims to pay to take part in fraudulent programs on the promise it would save their homes.

Lorin Kal Buckner, 66, of Hamilton, Ohio, and Dessalines Sealy, 59, of Brooklyn, New York, were two of four defendants who began trial in federal court in Cincinnati on Nov. 14. The other two trial defendants – Joel Harvey, 40, of Cincinnati, and Garrett Stevenson, 45, of Cincinnati – pleaded guilty during the trial.

Buckner and Sealy’s verdicts were announced today following the trial before Senior U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett.

Buckner, Sealy, Harvey and Stevenson are four of 13 total defendants in this case.

According to court documents and trial testimony, from 2013 through 2018, the defendants took advantage of homeowners’ desperation to save their homes and used money from homeowner victims to personally enrich themselves.

“The defendants took advantage of folks’ financial despair and emotional vulnerabilities to fill their own pockets,” said U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker. “It was a priority for our office and our law enforcement partners to address this nationwide foreclosure scheme.”

Content retrieved from: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdoh/pr/jury-finds-2-defendants-guilty-participating-nationwide-foreclosure-rescue-scam.

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  1. IMO there is not enough law enforcement concerning MLM scams. This situation is the exception not the rule. Most MLM schemes go largely unchallenged and grind on indefinitely.

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