FDLE Arrests Two Lithia Residents in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center arrested a Lithia, Fla. man and woman today in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme. Jeffrey Ryan Ayers, 29, and Allison Ann Dupree, 29, were arrested and each charged with one count of grand theft, a first-degree felony.

In 2005, Ayers, a licensed mortgage broker, submitted and received more than $200,000 in a mortgage loan for a property located in Riverview, Fla. Ayers, with Dupree’s assistance, utilized and submitted fraudulent information during the course of the transaction. The home went into foreclosure in 2008.

Ayers was previously charged in July 2009 in Polk County with racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and grand theft for his role in a large mortgage fraud scheme that took place between 2003-2005. Ayers and his co-conspirators were employed by mortgage brokerage businesses Advanced Mortgage Solutions and Consumer Lending Resources, which submitted nearly 130 fraudulent mortgage loans which were funded for approximately $13 million. That case is currently pending in the 10th Judicial Circuit before the Honorable John Stargel. All of Ayers’ co-conspirators in that matter have either pleaded guilty or been found guilty.

Ayers and Dupree’s arrests were the result of a joint investigation by FDLE and the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency. Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case and is currently prosecuting Ayers’ previous charges.

Ayers was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on $75,000 bond. Dupree was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on $50,000 bond.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001