- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former Pittsburgh-area attorney has been sentenced to over 11 years in prison for $1.7 million in mortgage fraud scams.

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced 47-year-old Lisa Gerideau-Williams, of New Kensington. Gerideau-Williams had previously pleaded guilty to 13 counts of wire fraud, one count of filing a false tax return and two counts of failing to file tax returns.

Gerideau-Williams apologized, but prosecutors said she used her legal knowledge to drag out the case for three years.

Gerideau-Williams was a real estate closing attorney and a mortgage broker, and prosecutors say that from 2005 through 2008 she submitted fraudulent mortgage applications and victimized clients.

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