But, I can only imagine what it feels like to take down a scheme of "white collar" bandits. After years of reading documents, interviewing witnesses - trying to figure out of they are victims or criminals...and doing math!
The investigators that battle these foes are the true heroes. Their enemy dresses like civilians, lives and works among us, and steals from us all! They wear masks, disguised as lawyers, real estate agents, accountants, etc. One must be an expert to catch them, the good ones that is...
“This case illustrates not only the seriousness of mortgage fraud, but also our focus on eliminating the criminal element from our markets to protect the health of our wider economy.”
"The conspirators could show an elevated sale price, on paper, that was much higher than the owner’s real price and then get a loan for the higher amount. Authorities said they paid the straw purchasers for their part in the scheme. False documents including W-2s, pay stubs, bank statements, retirement accounts and cancelled rent checks were allegedly created to make the purchasers look more credit worthy. The purchasers never had to pay a deposit, closing costs, or make a mortgage payment...."
But wait, it wasn't all shirts and ties...
"...One has been charged with attempted murder in a plot hatched in Ocean County but carried out in the woods of Alabama. A straw buyer, who had received a subpoena to testify in the case, was shot multiple times but survived."