BENNINGTON >> Federal prosecutors have filed a three count indictment against a woman alleging that she falsified numerous documents with three different lending institutions to defraud them out of over $1 million.
The indictment was filed against Alison Gu on June 16 in United States District Court District of Vermont and became unsealed on June 21. According to the document, Gu has a number of aliases, they being Alison Ling, Ally Koo, Ai J. Chen, Ai Jen Chen, Ai Chen, Jing Shao, Yijing Gu, Yijing Lin, and Alison Yi Gu.
The first count accuses her of obtaining mortgage loans from the Bank of Bennington, First National Bank of America, and Emigrant Mortgage Company using fraudulent documents, among them a deceased person's Social Security number, altered bank statements, forged employment identification forms, forged pay statements, a forged IRS W-2 form, and a forged signature from a United States consular official in Beijing, China.
She obtained a mortgage loan from the Bank of Bennington in the amount of $417,000, a mortgage loan from First National Bank of America in the amount of $230,250, and a loan from Emigrant Mortgage Company in the amount of $412,500, all for a total of $1,059,750.
These loans were obtained between March 2015 and September 2015.
Count two alleged that on or about March 27, 2015, Gu provided false information on a passport application. Count three alleges that she used another person's identifying information on said application.
Prosecutors are also seeking the forfeiture of any property obtained through the fraudulent loans. It lists three properties, one on Read Farm Road in Dorset, another on Cedar Avenue in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and one on Old Snow Valley Road in Winhall.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Doyle said in an interview that Gu was arrested Tuesday in Connecticut and made her initial court appearance there in New Haven. He said she is expected to appear in the Vermont federal court for an arraignment hearing next week.
According to Doyle, investigators learned of the fraudulent mortgage applications after they began investigating the false passport application.
Attempts to reach Gu were not successful. Doyle said she was assigned an attorney for her court appearance in New Haven, but will likely be assigned another when she appears in Vermont.
— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115.