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Real estate loan officer charged with theft

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A loan officer in Tacoma, Wash., is accused of stealing more than $8,500 in fees designated for an early-mortgage-payoff program and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The Financial Crimes Unit of the state Attorney General's Office has filed charges against J. Anthony Hansen, 42, of Tacoma, for one count of first-degree theft and six counts of second-degree theft and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The charges were filed last Thursday at the request of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions with assistance from the state's mortgage lending fraud prosecution fund. According to charging papers filed in Clark County Superior Court, Hansen was an independent contractor with Country Home Finance for 26 months. During this time, he charged several customers, on average, $600 for a mortgage-payment acceleration program, court papers said. Hansen used advertising materials obtained from Equity Corp., a Florida corporation, and claimed he would enroll custo...