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  Marriott sentenced to 99 years
for mortgage fraud scheme

Special to the Monitor
From the Attorney General of Texas
CORSICANA–A Gun Barrel City woman was sentenced to 99 years in prison for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme.
Tuesday, a Navarro County jury found the defendant, Kandace Yancy Marriott, 52, guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity.
According to prosecutors, evidence presented at the punishment stage showed Marriott received monthly mortgage payments from her clients, failed to remit those payments to the mortgage lender, embezzled the homeowners’ funds, and therefore caused her clients to default on their home loans.
Marriott’s conviction stems from her involvement in a complex mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded the federal government.
The scheme’s principal operators were the defendant and her husband, Darrell L. Marriott, 54, who sold manufactured homes through their company, One Way Home and Land.
However, the defendants’ daughter, Kally Marriott, and Kandace Marriott’s sister, Karen Hayes, have also been indicted for their role in the scheme.
All four defendants face separate charges for related criminal conduct in Kaufman County.
According to state investigators, the defendants illegally forged home buyers’ signatures, inaccurately completed loan applications, and falsified supporting documents, including the buyers’ rent payment verification statements, proof of employment, and Social Security Administration benefits data, among other items.
Court documents filed by the state indicate that the defendants conduct was intended to ensure that unqualified home buyers loan applications were approved by mortgage lenders.
The scheme involved predominantly low-income purchasers whose residential loans were guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
As a result, when the unqualified buyers defaulted on their home loans, their mortgage lenders did not suffer financial losses. Instead, HUD – and thereby the taxpayers – had to cover the default costs.
Investigators believe the defendants’ scheme cost the taxpayers more than $3 million.
The defendants closed the One Way Home and Land after litigation and investigations ensued in late 2005.
As a result, they opened a Kaufman County firm under the assumed name, Torenia. Additional criminal charges in Kaufman County stem from the defendants’ Torenia operation.
The Office of the Attorney General received assistance from the Navarro County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Corsicana Police Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Inspector General.
Attorney General Abbott’s Criminal Prosecutions Division is leading the prosecution of the four defendants with the cooperation of district attorney offices in Navarro, Henderson and Ellis counties.
For more information on Attorney General Gregg Abbott’s efforts to crack down on mortgage fraud, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the agency’s Web site at

Drug enforcement unit arrests Brownsboro woman
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Monday, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit investigators were assisted by the Brownsboro Police Department with a narcotics search warrant on Browning street in Brownsboro.
HC investigators arrived at the residence and detained three individuals in the back yard.
The property was searched and a quantity of methamphetamines were located inside the residence.
Child Protective Services (CPS) were contacted in reference to a female, 14, who lived there. CPS was able to place the child with a family member.
Theresa Halsey was arrested for manufacture/delivery of controlled substance, penalty group 1, more than four grams and under 200 grams, which is a first degree felony.
She was also charged with endangering a child, a state jail felony.
Halsey was transported to the Henderson County jail awaiting arraignment.

McDades Nursery has re-opened
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–Customers who loved the personal touch, and enjoyed being able to browse and ask gardening questions, or just plain couldn’t wait to see all the colorful choices at McDades Nursery, are thrilled to know, they’re back.
Loretta and John McDade came out of an eight-year retirement to re-open the facility, located at 1000 N. Tool Drive (SH 274), with both old favorites and new plans for the establishment.
“Old” favorites will include the newsletter McDandelines.
“But it will be a new electronic version,” John said. Customers, both former and new, are invited to call or drop by with their name and e-mail address for the mailing list.
“This time we will try to be more ‘green,’ as we are adding a full line of organics,” John said.
Of course there are Texas Certified Nursery Professionals on staff.
The couple, Kim and Shannon Killebrew, who were employed by McDades for 22 years, are returning.
“It’s hard to get your head back into it,” Loretta said, looking at all the work that has been done and is still left to do.
“We are behind in our ordering because that is usually accomplished in the fall,” she said.
But the nursery is stocked as full as possible and growing daily.
“We have bedding plants and vegetables, seeds and lots of color,” she said.
“We have color in various forms, including roses and azaleas,” Loretta explained.
The varieties include the very popular Encore azalea which is great for Texas.
“I have them at my house and they have done very well, actually blooming several times a year,” she said.
Also they carry the Knock Out roses which are more disease resistent, she added.
Former owners Erin and Mark Countryman left around the early spring of 2008.
By the time John and Loretta decided to take it back, there was a mountain of work to do.
“When we got the business back, the buildings and greenhouses were in very bad shape. A lot of clean-up and repair had to be done,” John said.
“The wonderful men at our church, Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist, have worked very hard to help us. We couldn’t have done everything (all the work) without them. They are a true blessing,” she added.
“We hope to rebuild a good customer base plus get re-acquainted with old friends and former customers,” Loretta explained.
The McDades owned the nursery from 1977 to 2000, when they retired.
“We were successful before by running a small ‘mom and pop’ operation, even though we fought a daily battle with the ‘big box’ stores,” John said.
“We were successful because we sold quality merchandise, and had helpful, knowledgeable personnel who appreciated your business,” John explained.
“Our inventory will grow as the season progresses and we make our plans to expand,” Loretta added.
“We don’t have quite the energy or the stamina that we had in 1977, but we are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as we get back into the business,” John said.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a new home.

Pictured are just a few animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220 County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

For further information visit our website at


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