By Rick Daysog
A federal grand jury has indicted six Sacramento area residents in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme that allegedly bilked $1.8 million from several banks.
Angela Shavlovsky, 52, of Sacramento; Vitaliy Tuzman, 31, of West Sacramento; 34-year-old Alexander Kokhanets of Roseville; 38-year-old Boris Murzak and 40-year-old Zinaida Murzak, both of Sacramento; and Valeri Mysin, 31, of Citrus Heights were charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
According to the indictment, Shavlovsky recruited straw buyers who purchased homes at inflated prices using fraudulent loan applications. The indictment alleges that Kokhanets, the Murzaks and Tuzman inflated the prices of homes they sold by allegedly signing fake invoices for improvements and repairs.
The sellers then diverted proceeds from the inflated sales to themselves or to businesses that they and their associates controlled, the indictment said. The homes later went into foreclosure.
If convicted, each faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine