Phoenix Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

Phoenix Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

Last week a federal judge sentenced a man to 17 years in prison for his involvement in a $9.5 million mortgage fraud scheme.

According to Phoenix authorities, 51-year-old Mario G. Bernadel of Haiti led a scheme for a year and a half in which he would purchase multiple properties-37 to be exact-with fraudulent loan documents. When the properties would close he would receive cash back.

Bernadel was convicted of 19 counts of mortgage fraud, including mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering. Also charged in connection with the scheme were seven co-conspirators, each of whom pleaded guilty.

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