3 held in mortgage scam
Local residents indicted in $3 million fraud
across 4 counties
Monitor Staff Reports
CORSICANA–Three Cedar Creek Lake residents
have been indicted for engaging in a $3 million mortgage fraud spanning
A Navarro County grand jury delivered first-degree felony indictments
Feb. 7 against Darrell L. Marriott, 54, and Kandace Y. Marriott, 51, of
Gun Barrel City, as well as Karen Hayes, 56, of Kemp for engaging in
criminal conspiracy involving the sale of manufactured homes.
Operating under the business name One Way Home & Land, the trio
allegedly falsified residential loan applications in order to ensure
that the buyers’ loans were approved by mortgage lenders.
The Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case with the
assistance of district attorney offices from Navarro, Henderson, Ellis
and Kaufman counties.
Corsicana police Cpl. Mark Nanny began to uncover the case in September,
2004, when an investor made allegations against the company. Then buyers
started coming forward complaining about their payments and loan
applications, Nanny told The Monitor.
One Way Home & Land opened offices at 625 N. Beaton St. in Corsicana
near the end of 2002, or beginning of 2003, he said.
“We executed a search warrant for two places in February, 2005,” he
said, along with agents from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
“We found evidence to support the allegations,” Nanny said.
The total number of home buyers involved was not yet known, but a large
number have been identified, he added.
The scheme involved predominantly low-income purchasers, whose
residential loans were guaranteed by HUD. As a result, when the
unqualified buyers defaulted on their home loans, their mortgage lenders
did not suffer financial losses. Instead, HUD had to cover the costs.
Investigators believe the defendants’ scheme cost the taxpayers more
than $3 million.
After it became clear the conspiracy encompassed multiple counties,
prosecutors with the Office of the Attorney General offered assistance
to district attorneys in whose jurisdictions the criminal conduct
Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a law allowing the Attorney
General to formally offer prosecutorial assistance to the counties, who
otherwise retain exclusive original jurisdiction.
Previously, Texas law did not allow such assistance.
A first-degree felony conviction can result in five to 99 years or life
in prison, and a maximum $10,000 fine.
In September, 2007, Attorney General Greg Abbott launched the Texas
Residential Mortgage Fraud Task Force to take a proactive stance toward
tracking and prosecuting mortgage fraud.
gets 1st new truck
Monitor Staff Reports
LOG CABIN–In an historic occasion, the Log Cabin Volunteer Fire
Department marked the dedication of the department’s first brand-new
truck with a spaghetti fund-raiser Saturday.
The large brush truck spent part of Saturday afternoon’s come-and-go
gathering at a grass fire, getting the new red paint a little dusty.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Log Cabin Volunteer Fire Department members gather alongside the
department’s new brush truck. Chief John Laywell and assistant chief
Brian Hillyard (far right and second from right) head the 13-member
Built on a 2008 Ford F-750 Super Duty four-wheel-drive
truck chassis, the large brush truck is the first brand-new apparatus
the department has had in its 30-year history, Capt. T.J. Benefield
Wildfire Apparatus of Mansfield built the truck, which has a 750-gallon
water tank and a 20-gallon condensed foam tank, along with a
The department received a grant from the Texas Forest Service to cover
the $119,087.44 cost of the truck, and the 13-member department had to
come up with funds for a 10 percent match to obtain the grant.
Organized in 1978, the department opened its fire station in 1984,
Fire chief John Laywell heads the department, with Brian Hillyard as
assistant chief and T.C. Martin as lieutenant, Benefield reported.
Sean Kelsey is the department’s certification coordinator, and Virginia
Sheets is the senior firefighter.
Additional firefighters are Neil Luster, Anite Lashley, Erika Mahltig,
Amber Clark and Jerry Gregory, with Darrell Posey and Ashley Kelsay as
auxiliary firefighters and Tim Bivins as medical officer.
Della Benefield is the department’s junior member, who handles
rehabilitation during firefighting operations.
Lori Laywell, Arlene Salazar-Luster, Kat Benefield and Ruth Lashley are
auxiliary support members.
Suspect sought after fleeing
Hunt County home
By J.C. Jones
QUINLAN–Kaufman County Sheriff’s investigators launched a search last
week for Brian Edward Manning Jr. at a home on Hunt County Road 3702.
The suspect was wanted on several outstanding felony warrants.
Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bryan Francis said the suspect knew
investigators were closing in on his location, fled to the rear of the
home and was seen by the responding officers to be fleeing into a
heavily wooded area.
Investigators said while Manning was running, he dropped a bag
containing a pistol and a large amount of methamphetamine.
A pursuit began but the suspect evaded arrest in the heavy woods.
The sheriff’s office received consent from the homeowner to search the
A large amount of suspected stolen property was discovered that included
trailers, rare coins, savings bonds, guns and other valuable property.
The investigators are in the process of inventory and investigation to
locate the rightful owners of the suspected stolen property, which has
an estimated value between $100,000 and $150,000.
Francis said Manning would be charged with an additional 17 counts of
The sheriff’s office asked for the assistance of the public in locating
Manning, age 28, of Rockwall, who was described as a white male, height
6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing about 170 pounds.
Any person with information on the suspect was asked to call the Kaufman
County Sheriff’s Office at (972) 932-4337 or a local law enforcement