SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal jury convicted a San Ramon couple Tuesday of wire fraud and of falsely claiming U.S. citizenship in a mortgage fraud scheme, prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors said married couple Doris Anyanwu, 35, and Hyacinth Udeh, 37, fraudulently secured about $3.7 million in loan money to purchase residential properties in Hayward, Oakland and San Ramon and to refinance property in Hayward.

The jury found that Anyanwu and Udeh conspired with Anyanwu's sister Linda Ashiegbu and her husband, Andrew Ashiegbu, and family friend Ursula Ogamba to obtain loans by overestimating income, overstating asset balances and making false claims of U.S. citizenship.

All five have backgrounds in real estate. Andrew and Linda Ashiegbu operated New Era Mortgage and Realty in Union City, where Anyanwu also worked. Udeh was a licensed salesperson under Andrew Ashiegbu, who was a licensed broker. Ogamba was the co-owner of EZ Mortgage Realty in Tracy.

Anyanwu and Udeh were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts each of wire fraud and four counts each of false citizenship claims. Anyanwu was also convicted of one count of money laundering.

The Ashiegbus and Ogamba have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme.

Anyanwu, Udeh and the Ashiegbus are scheduled to be sentenced May 18. Ogamba will be sentenced May 25.


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