BROWARD TITLE LAWYER CHARGED IN MORTGAGE SCHEME

Florida’s Office of Financial Regualtion announced that attorney Peter N. Price, 49, of Hollywood, pled guilty to a criminal information charging him with making false statements to HUD, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001. In addition, Price agreed to make restitution to Stewart Title Guaranty, the victim of his fraud, in the amount of $1,608,246.57.

Price’s sentencing is scheduled for August 27, 2010, in U.S. District Court in Ft. Lauderdale. Price faces a maximum statutory sentence of 5 years in prison.

According to the criminal information and statements made during the plea hearing, Price, a title attorney, operated Intracostal Title Services, Inc., a title company in Hollywood, Florida.
 
According to statements made in court, Price embezzled more than $1,000,000 in loan proceeds that had been sent to Intracostal’s escrow bank account by clients to pay off prior mortgage loans. Instead of using the money as directed, Price prepared and sent a false HUD1 Real Estate Settlement Form, falsely reflecting the old loans had been paid.

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