OMAHA — A federal grand jury has indicted a 34-year-old Columbus man and a 47-year-old Missouri man on multiple counts of wire and mail fraud in connection with the financing and sale of a home.
Jason Svoboda, of Columbus, and Douglas George, of Liberty, Mo., are charged in a nine-count federal indictment accusing them of defrauding Argent Mortgage Co. in February and March 2006 stemming from a home sale.
Svoboda, senior loan adviser for First National Mortgage Sources, and George, president of Tony George Productions Inc., face seven counts of wire fraud and two counts of mail fraud in the case.
The essence of the scheme, according to information released by the office of U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg in Omaha, was to finance the sale of a home built by Tony George Productions by providing materially false and fraudulent statements, representations and pretenses to the mortgage company, the lender for the purchase of the property.
George allegedly substantially inflated the list purchase price of the property in order to make it appear that the seller financing would provide the buyer with a 10 percent down payment, according to the indictment.
The indictment alleges Svoboda and George caused interstate wire transmissions in the form of e-mails, fax transmissions, and wire transfers of money in order to complete the purchase of the home and to obtain loan proceeds from Argent Mortgage.
Two other counts charge Svoboda and George with mail fraud while utilizing Federal Express to execute the scheme to obtain money under false pretenses.
The maximum possible penalty for each count of the indictment includes imprisonment of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.