North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau
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Former North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau on trial for mortgage fraud
Her name is Kettley Alphonse. She bought a house in Miami Shores in 2007. She didn’t know the price of the house was $564,000 at the time of the closing. She just signed on the dotted line on numerous documents without asking any questions about the big purchase. That same day, Alphonse received a $5,000 check for her cooperation. The signature on check was that of Lucie Tondreau, the former mayor of North Miami who was also Alphonse's employer. After the purchase, Alphonse’s would eventually lose her job, the house and her credit.
The trial has started for former North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau on charges of participating in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme. Tondreau faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud. She has pleaded not guilty.
A special election will be held in August to replace suspended City of North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau, officials said. Acting Mayor Philippe Bien-Amie said the election has been scheduled for late August. Tondreau was suspended last week by Gov. Rick Scott after surrendering to FBI authorities to face charges of running an $8 million mortgage fraud scheme with three other conspirators.
Lucie Tondreau surrenders to FBI, suspended by Gov. Scott amid charges
North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau turned herself in before being led away in handcuffs Tuesday after being charged with operating a mortgage fraud scheme. Tondreau and three others were charged Monday with defrauding lenders out of $8 million in loans that were used to purchase 20 South Florida properties by using “straw buyers” in 2006, according to the indictment. The mayor is accused of using her radio program at the time to recruit alleged buyers for the fraudulent loans. If convicted, Tondreau faces 30 years in prison.
Monday morning federal agents were searching for North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau to charge her with mortgage fraud.
North Miami mayor says she’s ready to move on
North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau can now breathe a sigh of relief and place her focus squarely on the issues facing her City. That’s because a Miami-Dade County judge recently dismissed a case filed by former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns that claimed that Tondreau never properly qualified to run for office.