Mortgage broker charged with fraud.
A Homestead mortgage broker has been charged with falsifying
mortgage applications on two Miami-Dade County properties and reaping
the benefits more than a year after her associates were convicted.
Yvette Valdes, the owner of Best Choice mortgage, whose involvement in
an alleged $550 million mortgage scam led by convicted fraudster Orson
Benn was unearthed during a 2008 Miami Herald investigation, is now
facing up to 30 years in prison for three counts of wire fraud.
Valdes' daughter, brother and son-in-law were also charged for
their alleged roles in the scheme. Benn was sentenced to 18 years in
prison in 2008. [Miami Herald]