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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

closing process.

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

(612) 664-5611