A Kansas federal grand jury charged a Lee's Summit woman in a superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy with F. Jeffrey Miller, a Kansas City home builder, to commit bank fraud.
The indictment alleges that Judy Brumble, 58, acted as a real estate agent for Miller, who owned and operated Miller Enterprises and Star Land Development, to help facilitate the alleged $25 million mortgage and loan fraud scheme that Miller and others were charged with in 2006.
Brumble is a new defendant in the case named in the superseding indictment.
It charges her with acting as a real estate agent — she is a loan officer and processor — to sell Miller Enterprises homes to get around consent judgments that prevented the company from employing Todd Earnshaw, another co-defendant, from working as a real estate agent or in the mortgage business in Kansas.
Brumble wasn't named in the original 2006 indictment that charged Miller and others with defrauding banks into approving loans for buyers who wouldn't otherwise be qualified.
Miller Enterprises and Star Land Development allegedly targeted consumers with credit problems and who had difficulty raising a down payment for homes.
To execute the scheme, the indictment alleges, Miller started two other companies — Associated Capital and Associated Finance — to prepare loan applications for customers.
Those companies falsified loan documents to banks and also provided down payments and closing costs to customers without the lender knowing about it, and then increased the sales prices of the houses at closing, according to the original indictment.
Some defendants originally named in the indictment have since had their charges dismissed.
Those who remain charged, along with Brumble, Miller and Earnshaw, are Brian Rouse, James Moser, Steve Middleton and Lanny Ross.
The federal indictment said that Miller's companies were among the top Kansas City-area builders in 1999 and 2000.