St. Charles County lawyer pleads guilty to federal fraud charges in bank loan scheme


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ST. LOUIS — A disbarred St. Charles lawyer has pleaded guilty to three federal felonies involving a real estate scheme.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jeffrey Witt was accused of falsifying documents to obtain a bank loan secured by his mother's St. Louis County home. He was also charged with enlisting a client to impersonate his mother at the loan closing and cashing clients' settlement checks without their knowledge.

When confronted by his mother, Witt created a phony letter on fake bank letterhead, forging the signature of a bank officer while creating a fabricated deed that purported to invalidate the deed of trust he had used to secure the loan.

Witt was arrested on the charges by the FBI in March as he arrived in New York City from Turkey after disappearing. Sentencing is scheduled for October.

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