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Case Number: 2:20-cr-00152-PPS-APR
Judge: Philip P. Simon
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (Lake County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Hammond, Indiana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with fraud.
Mohammed Shahbaz Khan, age 46, of Bourbonnais, Illinois, was charged with making false claims related to mortgage assistance from the Hardest Hit Fund, a federal mortgage assistance initiative offered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.
The purpose of the Hardest Hit Fund was to help stabilize communities in States that were “hardest hit” by the 2008 economic and housing market downturn. In Indiana, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority administers the fund. Only Indiana homeowners with one home in which they lived could receive Hardest Hit funds.
Khan knowingly submitted false residency statements to obtain mortgage assistance on an Indiana property while living elsewhere. Khan received mortgage assistance for 17 months, to which he was not entitled.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP). This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Molly Kelley and Toi Houston.
18:287 FALSE OR FRAUDULENT CLAIMS AGAINST A US AGENCY
Outcome: Khan was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and ordered to pay $29,926.46 in restitution to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority; $25,753 to the Indiana Department of Employment Security and $26,880.18 to the United States Department of Agriculture.