FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- Two people have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms following their convictions in an elaborate housing fraud scheme operated out of a vacant South Florida coin laundry.
U.S. District Judge James Cohn last week sentenced Darryl Burke to 30 years in prison and Vicki Garland to 15 years. They were convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges in February.
Testimony showed the pair used a Delray Beach coin laundry address for several fake companies. They falsified documents to obtain bank loans to invest in low-income neighborhoods and enrolled the properties in federal low-income housing programs to obtain government vouchers.
Testimony also showed they falsely claimed to be disabled veterans to avoid property taxes.
Prosecutors say the pair had a waterfront home, several luxury cars and courtside tickets to Miami Heat games.
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