HAMMOND | A Hammond federal court judge sentenced an Illinois man to nearly three years in prison Friday for his role in a Gary fraud scheme.
Chief U.S. District Judge Philip Simon sentenced Carl Powers, 54, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., to 33 months in prison. The prison term follows Powers' guilty plea last year in U.S. District Court, Hammond, to two counts of wire fraud.
Powers had been accused of receiving payouts at property closings for home improvement work his company did not perform.
A loan officer, who was not named in the federal criminal complaint, allegedly worked with Powers to create false invoices that detailed property rehabilitation work — most of which was not performed, court records allege.
The invoices for three properties referenced in the federal criminal complaint totaled $93,317.72. All three properties were in Gary.