NORFOLK, Va. – A former Virginia Beach probation officer was sentenced today to eight years in prison for committing bank and wire fraud.
According to court documents, Kevin Darlene Edwards, 63, engaged in a four-year long scheme to defraud Beach Municipal Credit Union, two lenders, and other individuals of money and property. Starting in April 2015, Edwards falsified and forged numerous documents to support her application for a $650,000 loan. Through fraud and deceit, Edwards successfully obtained the loan and purchased a very large home in Chesapeake. Shortly thereafter, Edwards defaulted on the mortgage and filed a fraudulent bankruptcy to prevent the foreclosure sale, while also making numerous misrepresentations to the United States Bankruptcy Court.
In addition to committing bank fraud, Edwards also procured a fraudulent loan from another lender by falsely asserting that she needed funds to save her daughter-in-law’s home from foreclosure. To obtain this loan, Edwards created a fake attorney and forged the signatures of her children and the notary on numerous fraudulent documents. As a result, Edwards caused the lender to place a fraudulent lien on the home owned by her children.
To lull some of her victims, Edwards created fraudulent court orders involving fictitious cases and forged signatures of federal judges. After pleading guilty in this case, and while awaiting sentencing, Edwards filed another fraudulent lawsuit in Chesapeake Circuit Court to again prevent the foreclosure sale of her Chesapeake home. In that lawsuit, which the Chesapeake Circuit Court dismissed, Edwards made numerous misrepresentations and presented a letter claiming that she intended to pay off the mortgage on her home with the proceeds of a $3 trillion settlement fund that did not exist.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa E. O’Boyle and Daniel Shean prosecuted the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of theDistrict Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:18-cr-120.
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