WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- The brother of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was sentenced Tuesday to three months in prison for bank fraud, say Justice Department officials.
Che Brown was sentenced on a federal charge of bank fraud related to a scheme in which he submitted false documents to a mortgage lending service to win approval of a modification on a mortgage for his home, say officials. Following his prison time, Brown will be placed on five years of supervised release and have to perform 200 hours of community service, say authorities.
According to a statement of offense, Brown fell months behind on his mortgage in 2009. GMAC Mortgage LLC told him that the mortgage was in default and also sent him a letter advising him to consider his eligibility for a loan modification to make his monthly mortgage payment more affordable, according to the statement. Then, from September 2009 through September 2010, Brown submitting documents making it appear that he had received $35,000 in income, which he had never actually received. He was then deemed qualified for the mortgage modification, which cut his payments by more than $700 per month, according to authorities.
Authorities say Brown was convicted of bank fraud before -- in 1995 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia --- for conspiracy to commit bank fraud in a scheme involving credit cards.
The latest conviction stemmed from an investigation into the campaign of his brother, Kwame. The investigation lead to the guilty plea and conviction of Kwame Brown for a federal charge of bank fraud stemming from false documents that he used to secure a home equity loan, and a loan used to buy a boat.