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A former Boston lawyer has been sentenced to four years in prison for orchestrating 10 fraudulent mortgage transactions. On May 12, Judge Rya Zobel of the District of Massachusetts sentenced Quang Joseph Nguyen, now of Orlando, Fla., to four years in prison plus three years of supervised release. She also ordered him to pay $1.1 million in restitution. The 35-year-old Nguyen, whose former firm was Nguyen & Associates, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and six counts of wire fraud. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, Nguyen defrauded the lenders he represented by submitting false loan applications, some in his name and some using other individuals’ names. The 10 transactions, which included several supposed first mortgages on individual properties, involved four properties in Quincy and Hyde Park, Mass. The government also alleges that Nguyen issued fraudulent title insurance policies listing lenders in the first lien position in cases where there were multiple supposed first mortgages, which is a practice known as “mortgage stacking.” The lenders and title insurance companies lost more than $1.8 million due to Nguyen’s fraud. Nguyen could not be reached at an Orlando telephone number or an e-mail address associated with him. Nguyen’s lawyer, Charles McGinty of the Boston Federal Public Defender’s Office, did not respond to requests for comment. Nguyen’s co-defendant, Ronald Cortiella, 54, of Galveston, Texas, pleaded guilty in March to five counts of wire fraud related to his purported purchase of two properties in Quincy and the sale of his Hyde Park home. He faces up to 20 years of in prison on each of the wire fraud counts and up to three years of supervised release. Cortiella’s lawyer, William White Jr. of Boston, declined to comment on Nguyen’s sentencing because Cortiella’s sentencing is still pending. Nguyen was also disbarred in Massachusetts in 2007 based on a three-count petition for discipline. The counts included the following: failing to deliver funds escrowed for trash removal to a buyer in a 2005 real estate transaction; withdrawing from a divorce case in 2005 without seeking probate court permission; and failure to cooperate with the Massachusetts Office of Bar Counsel’s investigation of the first two counts. Nguyen’s sentencing follows other recent sentences for two lawyers involved in a mortgage fraud ring. Eric Levine, a Brookline, Mass. lawyer whose license was suspended in 2003, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for running a mortgage fraud ring in January. Levine recently asked the court to vacate and set aside judgment because a paralegal and postal inspector who worked for lawyers on opposite sides of the case were recently charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for lying under oath about their relationship. J. Daniel Lindley, a Boston lawyer whose law license was suspended in June 2010, was sentenced to 72 months in prison in November in same case as Levine.

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