Twin Cities man sentenced to 12 years in prison for orchestrating $2M mortgage fraud scheme

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MINNEAPOLIS — A western Twin Cities man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for orchestrating a mortgage fraud scheme that cost lenders about $2 million.

Thirty-nine-year-old Alpha Mshihiri of Independence was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Jurors deliberated for less than a day in February before convicting him of bank fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank fraud

The Star Tribune ( ) reports Mshihiri's sentence includes five years' supervised release and an order to pay restitution.

Prosecutors contend the onetime licensed mortgage broker and his co-conspirators defrauded lenders for millions of dollars by recruiting straw buyers, falsifying loan applications and other documents, and inflating real-estate purchase prices.

The U.S. Attorney's office says every property purchased through the scheme went into foreclosure.

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