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Georgia woman convicted in $2.5M real estate fraud

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A Georgia woman was convicted today in a case involving more than $2.5 million stolen from a Florida woman by taking out two mortgages on the woman's house, the Florida Attorney General's Office said. Eva Patrick Verner, also known as Eva Buchowski, was convicted by an Orlando, Fla., jury on charges that she used another person's identity to steal more than $2.5 million from that individual and financial institutions, Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist's office said. Verner faces up to 60 years in prison following the conviction, the office said. Verner, 67, obtained a Florida driver's license with her photograph but under the name of a Kissimmee woman, the office said. Working with various lenders in southeast and southwest Florida, Verner used the bogus driver's license and other fraudulent documents to obtain two mortgages on the victim's property in amounts of $350,000 and $2.3 million, the office said. Verner had large portions of the money wired to an account in the Cay...