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Former Folsom homeowner indicted by feds on fraud charges

By: Staff report
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Daniel Gherasim, 36, of Citrus Heights, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 15 on charges of bank fraud, false statements on a loan and credit application, money laundering, and structuring in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud a bank in obtaining a home equity loan, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to the indictment, in November 2008, Gherasim submitted a fraudulent loan application for a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) he took out on a home he owned at that time in Folsom. The application inflated the amount of equity he had in the property. After receiving the $215,800 HELOC, Gherasim transferred the money to another bank account he held, in part by writing checks to himself in amounts over $10,000. The indictment alleges that Gherasim then withdrew money from that account in increments ranging from $490 to $9,500 in order to evade currency reporting requirements.

This case is the product of a joint investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Lee S. Bickley is prosecuting the case.

Gherasim is out of custody on a $100,000 bond.

If convicted, Gherasim faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The actual sentence, if convicted, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

~ Staff report