A man who was extradited from Ireland was arraigned on mortgage fraud and identity theft charges this week in federal court in Boston, according to a US Attorney’s Office statement.
Federal prosecutors allege that Patrick Lee, a 44-year-old dual US-Irish citizen who used to live in Canton and Easton and has been living in Ireland since 2007, participated in a mortgage fraud scheme between 2005 and 2007, the statement said.
He and others converted properties in South Boston and Dorchester into condominiums, used straw buyers, prepared fake mortgage loan applications, and forged property appraisals. Properties went into foreclosure and lenders lost their money as part of the scheme, according to federal prosecutors.
His extradition marks the first from Ireland to the US since 2012, according to the attorney’s office. Lee was arraigned Thursday in federal court.
In an e-mail, Lee’s attorney Valerie Carter indicated that another defendant in the case was acquitted, and that the charges her client faces “are essentially the same.”
“We are confident that Patrick will be acquitted just like his co-defendant was,” said Carter in another e-mail Friday night.Danny McDonald can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.