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St. Peters man secretly took out out $35,000 loan on woman's property

June 13, 2014

By Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch



June 13--ST. LOUIS -- A convicted felon pleaded guilty Friday to a felony aggravated identity theft charge and admitted secretly taking out a $35,000 loan on a St. Louis County woman's house.

Deandrea Robinson, 38, of St. Peters, obtained personal information over the phone from the homeowner and her ex-husband and used that information to prepare a fraudulent document that appeared to transfer control of the property to him, he admitted. Robinson then used that document to take out a $35,000 loan secured by the woman's property.

The lender initiated foreclosure proceedings when the loan payments didn't come in, and the woman eventually caught wind of the scam and called law enforcement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Albus said in court.

At the same time, authorities were questioning Robinson's prolific casino gambling, as he had been convicted of a 2009 wire fraud charge and had paid little towards his $233,400 in restitution. That case involved Robinson using two straw buyers to flip a house twice in 2004 and 2005 and pay companies that he controlled $178,000, the indictment says.

Robinson was sentenced to three months behind bars for technical violations of his supervised release April 17, and will receive two additional years in prison for the identity theft charge when sentenced later this year. He will also have to repay the money he stole and possibly other costs.

Albus said that Robinson's victim did not lose her home after the lender stopped the foreclosure, but she did have to hire a lawyer.

Robert Patrick covers federal courts and federal law enforcement for the Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter: @rxpatrick.

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