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Clarksville man charged with bank fraud, ID theft
BY CHRIS SMITH • THE LEAF-CHRONICLE • DECEMBER 19, 2009
A Clarksville man was indicted by a federal grand jury this week on charges of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and Social Security number misuse.
Jerome Henderson Jr., 37, was indicted Wednesday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nashville.
The seven-count indictment alleges that from March 2005 to May 2007, Henderson engaged in a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders and financial institutions by submitting multiple fraudulent mortgage loan applications to lenders and financial institutions for the purchase of properties in and around Nashville and Clarksville.
"Given the current strain on the housing and mortgage industries, our office takes very seriously, the prosecution of individuals and entities that defraud financial institutions," U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough said in the release.
"Anyone submitting false or misleading information in loan applications or engaging in any other kind of mortgage fraud is on notice that the United States Attorney's Office and other state and federal law enforcement agencies are focused on rooting out such illegal conduct."
The indictment further alleges that in multiple mortgage loan applications, Henderson lied about his income, assets and his financial suitability to qualify for a loan.
Henderson created fictitious and forged documents, including false Social Security numbers, a forged Army Contractor Badge, and forged W-2 forms, according to the indictment. In addition, Henderson created false bank statements that showed fictitious direct deposits into accounts bearing his name, and containing a bogus physical address.
If convicted, Henderson faces up to 32 years in prison and a $1 million fine, the release said.
This case is being investigated by the Secret Service, the Veteran's Administration Office of the Inspector General, and the Memphis Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Chris Smith is Senior Editor/Local News for The Leaf-Chronicle and can be reached at 245-0282 or by e-mail at email@example.com.