JP lawyer snagged in mortgage fraud ring

May 30, 2008
By

DAVID TABER

An attorney living at 120 Bynner St. was indicted along with 10 others on charges related to a major mortgage fraud scam May 15.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged J. Daniel Lindley, 59, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 41 counts of wire fraud and 19 counts of money laundering.

The indictment claims that between May 2005 and June 2006, Lindley and his cohorts used nominal or “straw” borrowers and stolen identifications to secure over $10.6 million in mortgage loans. The loan applications allegedly included inflated purchase prices for 21 properties in the Boston area and misidentified the identification, income and employment of the borrowers, according to a press release from U.S Attorney Michael Sullivan’s office.

According to the indictment three properties in Jamaica Plain—3231 Washington St. and 22 Estrella St., apartments 1 and 2—were among the properties defendants allegedly mortgaged.

Defendants mortgaged those properties for close to $1.5 million, the indictment said.

The case was opened following a November., 2006 fatal shooting after a party at a house on Milton Avenue in Dorchester, Boston Police Department spokesperson Elaine Driscoll told the Gazette.

“Basically what happened was one of the things we looked at was who owned the property and were they liable,” Driscoll said.

Officers found it to be odd that the owner of the house was a 21-year-old female, Driscoll said. “We looked into it further and found out she was a straw purchaser.”

After further investigation the BPD got in touch with federal investigators, Driscoll said. “We told them this might be something you want to look at along side us,” she said.

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