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A bill that would have prevented Evans fraud

By Amy McCullough State Rep. Scott Delano, R-Biloxi, introduced House Bill 1377 this session, which he says would prevent fraudulent schemes such as the commercial real estate Ponzi scheme perpetrated by the Evans brothers. HB 1377, which didn’t make it out of committee, would require all subdivisions, whether residential or commercial, to be filed in digital format with the appropriate ...

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Evans Trial: Clear & convincing evidence of fraud?

By Amy McCullough MVT attorney Bill Brabec made an unspecified motion on which Judge Olack declined to render judgment until the end of the trial. Brabec said the Bank of Forest had failed to present clear and convincing evidence regarding the claims of fraud and negligent misrepresentation. Evidence shows that “the title companies, when they issued a commitment, did not ...

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Evans real estate fraud trial delayed till tomorrow

By Amy McCullough Oral arguments in the long-awaited civil trial of the Evans brothers commercial real estate fraud case have been put off until tomorrow morning (Tuesday, March 1), due to the fact that Mississippi Valley Title’s attorney, Bill Brabec, is sick. In January, the brothers pleaded guilty to criminal charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and bank fraud ...

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Evans brothers plead guilty to money laundering, fraud

JACKSON — Authorities say two Mississippi lawyers, who are also brothers, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering and bank fraud. U.S. Attorney John M. Dowdy says in a news release that 57-year-old Charles H. Evans Jr. and 53-year-old Jon Christopher Evans pleaded guilty yesterday. Both are from Jackson. Prosecutors say the brothers secured mortgages from banks by ...

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Criminal charges filed in Evans real estate fraud case

Charles H. Evans Jr. and his brother Chris Evans have each been charged with two felonies by the U.S. District Attorney. On Dec. 16 the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi charged each of the brothers with conspiracy to commit money laundering and bank fraud. The punishment for bank fraud is a fine of up to $1 million ...

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Evans embroiled in alleged fraud

Jackson area businessmen allegedly involved in $41 million insurance fraud Two Jackson metro area brothers were sued by a Madison title insurance company in Chancery Court in September for allegedly perpetrating $41 million worth of commercial real estate and title insurance fraud in Mississippi. Proceedings to deal with the aftermath of the alleged mortgage-stacking scheme are being handled in U.S. ...

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Details of alleged Evans brothers' fraud revealed

Two months after a Madison title insurance company sued two brothers for committing commercial mortgage fraud, banks are scrambling to obtain titles to properties on which they have made loans, and parties are wondering how much the title company may have to pay out. In a Sept. 18 lawsuit in Madison Chancery Court, Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Co. (MVT) alleged ...

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Evans brothers accused of massive fraud

A Madison title insurance company is accusing two brothers of committing mortgage fraud and leading the title company to issue fraudulent title insurance policies in Madison County and elsewhere in the state. Mississippi Valley Title alleges brothers Charles H. Evans Jr. and Jon C. (Chris) Evans committed mortgage fraud on banks and induced MVT to issue fraudulent title insurance policies. Although ...

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Chicago law firm asks justices to dismiss $103M fraud verdict

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is to hear arguments today from a Chicago-based law firm seeking dismissal of a $103 million jury verdict to businessman Lavon Evans Jr. who claimed the firm defrauded him. Evans sued in 2008 claiming the Baker & McKenzie firm defrauded his oil and gas business. In 1999, Evans began drilling wells for businessman Reed ...

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Chicago law firm asks Court to toss fraud verdict

JACKSON — A Chicago-based law office has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a jury’s verdict saying it owes $103 million to a businessman who claimed the firm defrauded him. Oral arguments are scheduled for July 17 in Jackson. The case is among dozens the court will take up during its July-August term. The docket includes a separate ...

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