Updated: December 2, 2013 11:38AM
The federal government is searching for more victims of two men charged last week with running a mortgage loan scheme out of the city and south suburbs.
Everett Pope, 38, of Bolingbrook; and Colbi Andry, 38, of Chicago, each was charged with wire fraud last week in U.S. District Court and released on $10,000 bond, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Pope, who also went by “Jonathan Pincuss”; and Andry, aka “Richard Lockwell” and “Rich Ingram,” charged thousands of dollars in advance fees to customers in exchange for modifying existing home mortgage loans, which were never completed or were completed with terms without customer agreement, prosecutors allege.
The men used aliases and changed business names frequently to make it difficult for dissatisfied customers to locate them, according to the statement. Law enforcement officials have located a “handful” of victims, but there are hundreds of other potential victims, the statement said.
The men used business entities in Chicago or Monee and Matteson, including EAC Financial, Emergency Debt Relief Center, Dimond Financial, D Financial, The Andry Group, Family First Home Solutions, The Law Group, Certified Forensic Loan Auditors, and Integrity Mortgage and Insurance Co., the statement said.
Anyone who suspects they might be a victim can call (866) 364-2621 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pope and Andry are expected to appear for a preliminary hearing Nov. 13 in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Sun-Times Media Wire