Wheeling businessman, 3 others received millions in fraudulent mortgages

A former Wheeling man and three others with ties to the northwest suburbs face federal fraud charges alleging they were part of a scheme to illegally obtain at least $ 3 million in mortgages, the US attorney’s office announced on Tuesday.

Andrzej Lajewski, who owned Des Plaines-based Highland Consulting Corp. and Chicago-based Quality Management and Remodeling Inc., conspired with two mortgage professionals and the owner of a home improvement company to perpetrate the fraud, according to an indictment returned Jan. 28.

According to federal prosecutors, Lajewski, 53, fraudulently received millions in mortgage loans by making and causing to make false statements to financial institutions about the qualifications of buyers for the loans.

The false statements concerned employment history, income, assets, the source of the down payment and the intention to occupy the properties of the buyers, the indictment says. In some cases, Lajewski falsely claimed that buyers were employed by his companies, authorities said.

The alleged scheme lasted from 2010 to 2016 and involved numerous properties on the south side of Chicago, federal prosecutors said,

The two mortgage professionals, Agnieszka Siekowski, 46, of Northbrook, and loan officer Aldona Bobrowicz, 45, of Arlington Heights, face multiple counts of fraud at financial institutions with Lajewski; and renovator Andrzej Bukowski, 66, formerly of Wheeling.

Indictments for Siekowski and Bobrowicz are scheduled for Friday before U.S. District Judge Martha M. Pacold. The indictments of Lajewski and Bukowski have not yet been scheduled.

Each count of fraud at a financial institution carries a sentence of up to 30 years in federal prison, prosecutors said.

The indictment was announced Tuesday by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Brad Geary, Special Agent in Charge of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General.

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