Real Estate Motivational Speaker Heads to His Own Prison Cell

This post was written by jd on April 13, 2010
Posted Under: Real Estate
Jail Cell

New quarters for real estate author and motivational speaker.

Have you ever seen these ads that start out – make millions in real estate – you don’t need money, let me show you how to get started in real estate and earn a ton of money in the first month. Excuse me, if you can make millions in real estate using this “motivational speaker’s” techniques , then why is the guy even bothering to try to teach you his “sure why to get rich in real estate”?

I’ve been to one of these seminars. The guy showed up in a chauffeured limo, got out and he had diamonds on his fingers and so much gold jewelry that I was surprised he could walk. (I’m sure all the jewelry was fake) To make a long story short, every thing he said made no sense, but I noticed the people in the audience seemed to be buying his grubbily glop. I’m sure he made a lot of money selling his course and his books and tapes.

Well, here’s one “motivational speaker” from Texas, who hawked a book and infomercial on how to make money in real estate, who is  among eight people convicted of a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme. Eric Rulack Farrington Jr., 57, was president of Eric Farrington Seminars and Prestige Capital Corp., which did business as Farrington Mortgage Group.

A federal jury this week convicted Farrington of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud, aiding and abetting, 15 counts of wire fraud and aiding and abetting, 10 counts of money laundering and aiding and abetting, five counts of engaging in a monetary transaction with criminally derived property and aiding and abetting.

Prosecutors said the eight defendants ran the scheme from March 2002 to January 2006. They found single-family residences for sale in the Dallas area, including distressed and pre-foreclosure properties, and negotiated a sales price. They created surplus loan proceeds by inflating the sale price, often using inflated appraisals.

“In some cases, they would create a bogus outstanding mortgage lien to be discharged,” prosecutors said. “They recruited individuals with high credit scores to act as borrowers and falsely represented to them that the property would be managed by the defendants and rented by a suitable tenant; that the mortgage, interest, taxes, insurance and property maintenance would be paid from the rental income; and the purchasers/borrowers would have no expenses. The borrowers had no intention to live in the property and did not have sufficient income to repay the loans.”

Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Bank fraud is punishable 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Money laundering is punishable by 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, and engaging in a monetary transaction with criminally derived property is punishable by 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The defendants also must forfeit $8.5 million. No sentencing dates have been announced.

Source: Court News Service

I guess while the group is in jail, they might read some books on real estate law, and maybe they can even read a book on ethics.  I doubt it, what do you think?

John J. O’Dell
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