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Real Estate Professionals Arrested In Mortgage Fraud Scheme

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Real Estate Professionals Arrested In Mortgage Fraud Scheme - Real Estate - Mortgage - United States - Financial

Seattle, Washington - Five people were arrested this morning for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme in the Puget Sound area that bilked banks and property sellers out of more than $18 million, following an extensive investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Humerto A. Reyes-Rodriguez, 42, of Federal Way, Wash.; Alexis Ikilikyan, 29, of Auburn, Wash.; Micki S. Thompson, 54, of Tacoma, Wash.; Mario Marroquin, 38, of Kent, Wash.; and William S. Poff, 37, of Marshall, Mich.; were indicted by a federal grand jury last month on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud. The indictment alleges that over a three-year period starting in 2004, they were responsible for 80 fraudulent mortgage transactions in communities throughout King and Pierce Counties.

Reyes-Rodriguez and Ikilikyan were licensed real estate agents and mortgage loan originators. Poff is Ikilikyan's ex-husband and was a licensed notary and loan originator. Thompson was employed by Great American Escrow in Federal Way and acted as the closing officer for many of the fraudulent sales. Marroquin acted as a straw buyer and oversaw fictitious home repair companies.


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