COLUMBIA — A federal judge Friday sentenced five men on fraud changes placed against them in connection with mobile home financing.
Ronald E. Green, 44; Darryl L. Jamison, 36, both of Orangeburg; Arnold E. Ray, 50, of Neeses; Leon L. Felder, 27, of Bowman, and Karl D. Collins, 34, of Toledo, Ohio, appeared before U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie in Columbia.
Felder was sentenced to five months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The first five months of the supervised release will be served on home detention.
Green, Jamison and Ray were each sentenced to three years of probation, with the condition the first four months will be served on home confinement. Ray and Jamison were also ordered by Currie to perform 50 hours of community service.
Currie sentenced Collins to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
Collins and Jamison were also ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $10,000 and $9,947.67, respectively.
Strom Thurmond Jr., U.S. attorney, said evidence presented at the change of plea hearings and at the trial of Kevin Robinson, a co-defendant, established that the Homes of the CSRA owned several manufactured housing sales centers in the Orangeburg area.
According to Thurmond, employees of CSRA provided false information to lenders to obtain financing for customers who otherwise would not have qualified for loans. The false information included false jobs, credit references and information about down payments.
In all, 18 people have been charged in the investigation, and all 18 have either pleaded guilty or have been admitted into pretrial diversion.
The case was investigated by agents of the FBI.
In an unrelated case, Thurmond said Robert Louis Rice, 29, of Georgia, pleaded guilty to charges of armed bank robbery and the use of a firearm in connection with one of the robberies.
Among the charges, Rice was accused of robbing the Enterprise National Bank in Walterboro Nov. 10, 1997. Thurmond said $54,000 was taken during the incident.
According to Thurmond, Rice can be fined up to $250,000 on each count and be sentenced to prison for up to 25 years on each count. An additional 20 years, which must be served consecutive to any other sentence, must be added for the weapons charge, Thurmond said.
Currie will impose sentence after she reviews a presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
FBI agents handled the investigation.