January 27, 2014
Writes the local paper in Park Forest, Illinois;
“According to the indictment, between February and November 2013, the defendants fraudulently obtained at least 28 automobile loans of the 46 they fraudulently applied for and obtained approximately $914,000 of $1.4 million they sought in loan proceeds. They made and caused others to make false representations in documents submitted to lenders, including loan applications, vehicle purchase orders, and verifications of employment, concerning the individuals’ income, employment, credit history, intent to use the loan proceeds to purchase automobiles, and the existence of contracts obligating the borrowers to purchase vehicles from House and Rolling Auto.
“House, Hughes, and Turner allegedly recruited individuals seeking auto and personal loans and agreed to find loans for them in exchange for a fee of 20 to 30 percent of the loan. Then, they submitted false information in the borrowers’ loan applications, their income, employment, and credit history, as well as their intent to use the loan proceeds to purchase autos from Rolling Auto and other dealerships, and the existence of contracts obligating them to purchase luxury automobiles made by BMW, Chevrolet, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Porsche, the indictment alleges.
“If the individual borrowers refused to cash checks obtained as part of the scheme, Hughes allegedly threatened them with civil lawsuits and criminal prosecutions. House allegedly deposited the loan proceeds into bank accounts he controlled in Illinois, California, and Georgia.”