A fraud ring was shut down. Then cops say they realized lawyers were in on it.

A married couple’s lucrative foreclosure fraud should’ve ended when they were convicted and locked up behind bars. But the illegal money kept flowing their way — thanks to two lawyers who were helping carry out the fraud, authorities say.

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The lawyers, Rashida Overby, 46, and Ria Sankar-Balram, 40, were working in concert with the couple, using their expertise to help steal nearly $750,000 in surplus funds from the sale of foreclosed homes, Broward sheriff’s investigators say.

It was one of the larger schemes to play out in a South Florida: Unsuspecting homeowners — many in over their head with mortgages — were unknowingly being taken advantage of. The married couple, Illya and Patricia Tinker, were part of a ring that illegally took ownership of dozens of homes through the mastery of falsified paperwork. The thieves were making out big — some $12 million in real estate value big,

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2 lawyers charged in alleged scheme to steal nearly $750K in surplus foreclosure cash

Criminal Justice

Two Florida lawyers have been charged in an alleged foreclosure fraud scheme that cost victims nearly $750,000.

Rashida Overby and Ria Sankar-Balram were arrested Oct. 5, according to a press release and stories by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (here and here) and Law360.

The lawyers allegedly filed fraudulent court documents in which they claimed to represent elderly property owners or heirs of deceased property owners who were owed surplus funds from foreclosure sales. After judges granted the pleadings, the lawyers allegedly kept part of the money and wired the rest to two co-conspirators.

The alleged co-conspirators, Illya and Patricia Tinker, are already in jail following a conviction in a different fraud scheme that took ownership of 44 homes through forged documents. Sankar-Balram helped represent them in their

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