Two Sacramento-area brothers pleaded guilty in today to wire fraud related to a mortgage fraud scheme.
The pleas were entered in U.S. District Court in Sacramento by Andrey Andreyev, 37, of Sacramento and Vitaliy Andreyev, 30, of Antelope, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
According to court documents, the Andreyev brothers were recruited by Vera Kuzmenko, owner of VK Tax Services, a tax preparation business, to purchase properties they could not afford. Andrey Andreyev purchased a property for $850,000 and Vitaliy Andreyev bought a property for $1.2 million.
Kuzmenko allegedly promised them money in exchange for buying the properties and prepared the loan applications for the brothers to sign. The loan applications for the properties contained numerous false statements concerning the Andreyevs' income, assets and intention to occupy the properties as primary residences, authorities said.
Court documents allege that Kuzmenko knew the statements on the Andreyev brothers' applications were false because she prepared their taxes.
Kuzmenko is charged in two separate indictments with wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and witness tampering in connection with the mortgage fraud scheme.
The Andreyev brothers are to be sentenced July 22 by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez.