- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey lawyer has been sentenced to eight years in prison for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme.

Stephanie Hand was convicted by a jury in March. The 52-year-old Livingston resident was found guilty of money laundering, theft and conspiracy.

Attorney General Christopher Porrino said Friday Hand and others used stolen identities to file two bogus mortgage loan applications for properties in Newark and Garfield.

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Prosecutors presented evidence that Hand and her co-conspirators stole more than $870,000 from the mortgage lender. They allegedly used identities stolen from residents of Puerto Rico to apply for the loans.

Two other co-conspirators have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

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