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For Immediate Release
September 28, 2004
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Kevin Enright 410-576-6357

BALTIMORE COUNTY MAN INDICTED ON NEW CHARGES AFTER BEING SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR A MORTGAGE REFINANCING SCHEME

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the indictment of mortgage broker Michael Dudley Leppert, 41, of Baltimore County, on 11 counts of felony theft. The charges, which were filed by the Baltimore County Grand Jury on September 27, allege the defendant stole from customers who were trying to refinance their homes through Leppert.
Leppert was prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General and convicted of felony theft in multiple counties in 2002 for stealing from refinancing customers. After serving a few years in prison, Leppert was paroled and ordered to pay restitution during a period of probation. However, the recent indictment alleges that Leppert instead began to victimize new customers. Leppert was recently sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison for violating his probation in multiple counties based on the original charges from 2002.
An indictment is merely an allegation of criminal conduct; the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. For charge of felony theft, the defendant faces 15 years in prison.
The case was investigated by the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland State Police. It will be prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Attorney General’s Office.

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