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'Con Artist' Who Swindled Desperate Homeowners in Mortgage Crisis to be Sentenced

David Girard Hieb was accused of swindling money from a Washington, DC investor and also giving false hope to people who were facing foreclosure.

David Girard Hieb will be sentenced in fraud and embezzlement charges in Wayne County Circuit Court on April 11.
David Girard Hieb will be sentenced in fraud and embezzlement charges in Wayne County Circuit Court on April 11.

A Canton man police described as “a con artist” will be sentenced later this month on fraud charges related to a scheme to swindle money from  people who were losing their homes when the housing bubble burst.

David Gerard Hieb, 70,  was convicted March 20 in Wayne County Circuit Court of embezzling $50,000 to $100,0000, obtaining $20,000 or more through false pretenses and common law fraud, The Observer & Eccentric reports

He was charged as a habitual offender.

He will be sentenced April 11. After his conviction, he was remanded to jail by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Qiana Denise Lillard.

A Washington, D.C. investor, one of the victims in the scheme, reportedly invested $90,000 through a third party in a shell company Hieb was supposedly using to buy foreclosed homes in metro Detroit. After a few years, the investor’s money was gone and there was no paper trail to account for where it went, nor was any property transferred in his name.

Police never located the go-between.

Police said that as part of the scheme, Hieb made a list of homeowners facing foreclosures, went to their neighborhoods and took pictures of their houses. When confronted, he posed as a businessman who could help save their homes, collecting $1,000 to $2,000 from several victims who would eventually be evicted from their homes.

He was able to pass himself off as trustworthy among the residents of towns like Canton, Livonia and Northville, but in fact was “he was a con artist who bilked people out of thousands of dollars,” Canton police Lt. Dave Schreiner said. “He took advantage of people at a low point in their lives.”

Schreiner hopes the case will be a warning to homeowners who are desperate to save their homes to thoroughly check the credentials of people who claim to they can help them avoid foreclosure.
Joseph Borrajo April 03, 2014 at 06:15 AM
Here is a recruit for Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. P3
TAASMAN April 03, 2014 at 08:41 AM
So that's where my house payment was going.
Chicago Way April 03, 2014 at 05:00 PM
It seems that the 70-year old Mr. Heib was doing some retirement planning. Now he will get health care, food and lodging on the public's dime. I think orange will compliment his complexion.
TAASMAN April 03, 2014 at 06:55 PM
He had that already from Obama. Now he gets to enjoy Bubba.
AB April 03, 2014 at 11:17 PM
What a bunch of idiots. Apparently TAASMAN you don't even know what you do with your own money! The way you are all talking, I am sure you all voted for OBAMA!!!!

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