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Fraud enforcement official arrested for mortgage fraud

Feds charge he submitted false application for loan modification

The Director of Investigations for the State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services was arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging him with wire fraud in connection with his submission of a fraudulent application for a personal mortgage modification.

Lynwood Patrick Jr., 39, was arrested at his residence in East Hartford, Conn. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez in Hartford and was released on a $150,000 bond.

The complaint alleges that, from approximately November 2012 through May 2013, Patrick applied for a mortgage modification under the Making Home Affordable program, a federal initiative designed to assist homeowners who have experienced a decline in income access secure loans at lower rates.

When applying for mortgage relief through JP Morgan Chase, Patrick fabricated State of Connecticut paystubs and lied about his assets in order qualify for the program.

Specifically, Patrick claimed total assets of $500 in one checking account to show that he had experienced a loss of income causing a hardship when, in fact, he had thousands of dollars spread out over multiple accounts at several institutions and his rate of pay had not diminished.

In his capacity as the Director of Investigations, Patrick is responsible for coordinating and conducting activities to prevent, detect and investigate fraud, waste, abuse and overpayments in the Connecticut Medicaid, Care4Kids, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance and Connecticut Energy Assistance Programs.

Patrick’s salary is partially paid for by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The criminal complaint charges Patrick with wire fraud, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. 

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