- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida real estate broker was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for three separate fraud convictions totaling more than $5 million.

A federal judge imposed the sentence Tuesday on 44-year-old Christopher Wayne White of Fort Lauderdale. White was also ordered to pay more than $4 million in restitution.

Two of the cases involved wire fraud convictions for false real estate transactions, including one in which White admitted he refused to return some $750,000 in deposits to people seeking to buy properties. In the other case, White made a number of false statements to obtain a $4.9 million loan to buy a luxury home. In the third case, White admitted making a number of false statements on an application to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.

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