Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Leigh Fiske (52) with two counts of bank fraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison on each count.
According to the indictment, Fiske submitted two fraudulent financial instruments to the servicer and the bank trustee of a mortgage that he had used to finance the purchase of property in Tampa in 2005. The fraudulent instruments and accompanying documentation directed the financial institutions, both of which had received funds from the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, to apply the face value of the instruments to his outstanding mortgage debt in separate attempts to extinguish that obligation. In truth, neither instrument had or conveyed anything of monetary value. The intended loss of the scheme was over $650,000.
In March 2016, Fiske was indicted in a separate fraud case for a scheme in which he allegedly funneled monies obtained from counterfeit or altered business checks through a trust account that he had created for a shell company he controlled. That case is pending trial.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric K. Gerard.