Park Rapids man gets 18 months in wire fraud case
A 37-year-old Park Rapids man was sentenced today in federal court for defrauding a
mortgage company by conspiring to secure a $640,000 mortgage under false pretenses. In
Minneapolis, United States District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Eric Wayne
Moen to 18 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Moen was
indicted on August 20, 2009, and pleaded guilty on October 6, 2009.
In his plea agreement, Moen admitted that between August 1, 2005, and November 28,
2005, he participated in a scheme to defraud GreenPoint Mortgage. To further that scheme,
Moen, who was then a licensed real estate agent, conspired with Kevin Ray Winkelmann, age
41, of Shorewood, to falsify a loan application to secure a home mortgage for Winkelmann.
Specifically, the men generated and included in the loan application employment verification for
Winkelmann, who, in fact, was not employed at the time. Then, based of that fraudulent
application, GreenPoint Mortgage wired $641,840.63 to a title company as part of the real estate
On March 3, 2009, Winkelmann was sentenced to six months in federal prison for his role in
the mortgage fraud scheme.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal
Investigation Division and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant
U.S. Attorney David M. Genrich.
United States Department of Justice
United States Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota
News Release B. Todd Jones,
United States Attorney
Jeanne F. Cooney
Director of Community Relations