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Va. woman pleads guilty in state to mortgage fraud

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A Virginia woman faces up to 20 years in prison for mortgage fraud involving a home she formerly owned in West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 60-year-old Janet Damewood of Rocky Gap didn't disclose a federal tax lien on the property in Princeton when she applied for a second mortgage in 2007. She also created and gave to CitiFinancial a false document showing the lien had been released.

CitiFinancial, now known as OneMain Financial, discovered the lien during the underwriting process. The home was sold at foreclosure in May 2010.

Damewood pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud on Thursday in federal court in Beckley. She's scheduled to be sentenced June 14.


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