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Sentencing in $5-million mortgage fraud scheme

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Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

UNDATED (WSAU)  A couple will spend time in prison for orchestrating a $5-million mortgage fraud scheme in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Federal Judge David Doty of Minneapolis sentenced 52-year-old James Hoffman yesterday to six-and-a-half years behind bars. And he must pay $344,000 in restitution to his victims. Hoffman’s 53-year-old wife Teresa was sentenced to a year-and-a-day in prison. The couple is from Stillwater Minnesota. They pleaded guilty in February.

Prosecutors said James Hoffman conspired to defraud mortgage lenders from 2001-through-’09, and his wife joined the scheme five years after it began.

Officials said the Hoffmans employed fake buyers to purchase real estate in both Wisconsin and Minnesota – and the couple kept much of the proceeds from those loans.

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