St Charles Scammer Pleads Guilty To Real Estate Scheme

From the FBI FilesDaniela Spiridon, a 42 year-old woman from St. Charles, pled guilty yesterday to six felony counts of wire fraud related to a scheme she operated out of an office in Chesterfield, according to a report from the FBI.  According to the indictment Spiridon was charged under, she operated her business out of an office at 18118a Chesterfield Airport Road, in Chesterfield, MO under several business names, including A&AD Investments, LLC; CDRS ESC Investments, a.k.a. CDRS ESC and CDRS LLC.

According to the charges Spiridon pled guilty to, she “falsely and fraudulently offered buyers mechanisms to purchase certain properties, including properties that were acquired by lenders though foreclosure and held in inventory, also known as Real Estate Owned (REO) properties. DANIELA M. SPIRIDON falsely and fraudulently offered to broker purchases or arrange for financing related to the purchase or sale of the REO properties. During all times herein, DANIELA M. SPIRIDON never completed a purchase nor obtained bank financing for any purchaser listed herein. ”

Sentencing has been set for January 9, 2014.  Each count of wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges. Restitution is mandatory.

Additionally, with her plea, Spiridon has agreed to the forfeiture of money and property derived from the illegal activity.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Postal Inspection Service, and Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Rob Livergood is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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