Sentencings, trials and arraignments in Cuyahoga County: Court Watch (Plain Dealer)

Uri Gofman, 39, of Beachwood: Sentencing Wednesday by Judge Daniel Gaul to an agreed upon eight years and three months in prison for orchestrating one of the nation’s largest mortgage fraud cases. He’ll serve that while serving the 81/2-year sentence he received last month in U.S. District Court in Cleveland for related conspiracy and wire fraud offenses. Gofman defrauded lenders using fraudulent down payments and loan applications and distributions involving $44 million in loans to unqualified buyers. He agreed to pay $1 million in restitution, forfeit $600,000 that had been seized, forfeit 43 homes valued at $4.1 million to the Cuyahoga County Land Bank and cooperate in other prosecutions. Gofman pleaded guilty to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft, telecommunications fraud, two counts of money laundering and six counts of tampering with records.

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