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Five found guilty in $10.6m mortgage fraud

Globe Staff / June 5, 2010

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Five defendants, including two lawyers, were found guilty this week in a $10.6 million mortgage fraud, following a seven-week trial in US District Court in Boston.

The charges arose from a scheme involving 10 lenders and 21 properties in South Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Quincy, Hyde Park, and Cohasset, according to court documents and a release from US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

The two lawyers — Eric L. Levine of Brookline, 57, who is suspended from practice, and J. Daniel Lindley of Jamaica Plain, 62 — were also convicted of money laundering. The scheme involved purchase prices inflated by $15,000 to $255,000 and other false statements on documents, leading to $1.7 million in profits, according to the release.

Convicted on wire fraud charges were Levine, Lindley, Ernst Appolon of Braintree, 31; Daniel Appolon of Dorchester, 23; and Latoya Haltiwanger of Los Angeles, 28. All face possible fines and potential prison terms up to a maximum of 20 years. Three other codefendants pleaded guilty.