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Philadelphia official on trial for real estate loan fraud

Former administrative officer said to have lied on loan application

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The federal mortgage fraud trial of a former Philadelphia official began Monday, with her attorneys contending she never intended to repay a $2.3 million loan from a du Pont heiress that is at the center of the case, media reports said. Former New Castle County Chief Administrative Officer Sherry Freebery was indicted in May 2004 on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and mail fraud, reports said. Senior U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam separated the two mortgage fraud counts from the main case in July at her request, according to reports. Freebery is facing two mortgage fraud charges, and if convicted she faces up to 10 years in prison, accounts said. Federal prosecutors have documents showing Freebery received more than $2 million in loans from du Pont heiress Lisa Dean Moseley in 2001, accounts said. Later that year, in May and December, Freebery allegedly applied for two mortgages from Wells Fargo bank on homes in Dewey Beach and Hockessin for a combined $1.1 million, reports s...