Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Michigan AG Scores Another Criminal Conviction In Probes Targeting Loan Modification Ripoffs; Suspect Cops Plea To Racketeering, False Pretenses

In Holly, Michigan, M Live reports:

  • A Holly woman pleaded guilty for her role in a foreclosure rescue scam that bilked victims out of nearly a quarter-million dollars.

    Tashia L. Winstanley, who did business as TLW Mortgage Solutions, pleaded guilty to one count of conducting criminal enterprises (racketeering), one count of false pretenses more than $20,000 and one count of false pretenses from $1,000 to $20,000, according to court records. Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the charges against Winstanley,who was already incarcerated at the Huron Women's Correctional Facility, in May.

    An attorney general's office investigation led to the charges, showing that from September 2009 until January 2012, Winstanley operated TLW as a mortgage modification business and collected a fee from clients without making any effort to secure the modifications. Schuette's office said victims came from eight counties, including Genesee County.

    Winstanley is serving time for previous convictions for larceny by conversion. She is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14. People who believe they are victims of Winstanley or TLW can file a complaint at

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