A federal jury in
Evidence presented during a six-day trial indicated that from late 2006 into 2008, Williams conspired with others to carry out a mortgage fraud scheme in the
Williams and his co-conspirators assisted home buyers in securing loans with fraudulent loan applications that contained lies about the buyers' employment, income, assets and intent to occupy the homes as a primary residence. In most cases, at Williams' suggestion, the loan applications falsely stated that the buyers worked at Diamond Hill Financial, and Williams maintained the charade by confirming the false information when lenders called to verify it.
Federal authorities said Williams is the last of 14 defendants who have been convicted of mortgage fraud offenses in connection with this and related cases. Twelve of the defendants pleaded guilty, while the two defendants who went to trial -- Williams and
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