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Four plead guilty to fraudulent mortgage scheme

Three Miami-Dade county residents are among the four people who have entered a guilty plea for their role in a fraudulent housing scam, the U.S Attorney's Office said in a statement released Monday.

The four were accused of making false statements in 2007 to obtain mortgages and they are Stanley Gabart, 29, of Miami; Alix Accime, 34, of Miami; Ultha Danielle Accime, 29, of Boynton Beach; and Marie Decosta Quintana, 40, of North Miami Beach.

The pleas follow an investigation into mortgage fraud involving two properties in Wellington in a subdivision known as Versailles.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the four of them applied for mortgages from Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., and National City Bank.

Accime and Quintana are accused of providing false employment, income, assets and intention to live in the property in order to qualify them for the mortgage.

In addition, Quintana and Accime acted as straw purchasers and were paid for allowing the use of their names, credit scores, and for signing documents containing false information.

Alix Accime and Stanley Gabart recruited individuals to act as straw purchasers. The fraud scheme resulted in more than $3 million in losses to three banks, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

The four are scheduled to be sentenced later this year and early next year.

Gabart will be sentenced on Dec. 16th, 2010 and he faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison. Quintana will be sentenced on Dec. 10, 2010. Alix and Ultha Accime will be sentenced on January 12, 2011 and they face up to 30 years in prison.