Four individuals in the Boston area were indicted Thursday for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges related to a scheme involving the use of stolen identities to obtain mortgage loans, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
The indictment details charges against Charlotine Pierre, 26, of Saugus, Mass.; Dotty Pierre, 25, of Saugus, Mass.; Provilon Duverge, 29, of Saugus, Mass.; and Frantzcia Pierre, 25, of Everett, Mass.
Defendants allegedly used stolen identity information to obtain mortgages worth more than $800,000, according to the indictment and documents previously filed with the court. Four of the defendants allegedly attempted to obtain financing to purchase a home in Saugus using the stolen information of one individual.
Dotty Pierre also allegedly obtained financing to purchase a second home in Lynn using the stolen identity information of another person, according to the indictment.
If convicted, the defendants each face up to 30 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $1 million fine for the bank fraud charges. For the aggravated identity theft charges, there is a mandatory two years in prison.
The case was investigated by the FBI, the Postal Inspection Service, and the Massachusetts State Police. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth P. Berman in Sullivan’s Computer Crimes Unit.
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