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Sun Prairie woman faces federal fraud charges


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Sun Prairie tax preparer is facing federal charges after investigators say she defrauded a bank out of $3.3 million.

Gail L. Mendez was indicted on Sept. 30, but was arrested until Thursday when authorities picked her up in Laredo, Texas.

Mendez, who worked as Mendez Connections, and others not named in the indictment allegedly took part in mortgage fraud in 2006 and 2007. Authorities say Mendez submitted false income tax returns to Park Bank in Madison while applying for nineteen loans for more than $3.3 million.

The indictment also said Mendez applied for a $349,000 loan from AmTrust Bank, a Cleveland-based online bank. She allegedly submitted 2005 and 2006 income tax returns showing an income $169,237 and $170,825, respectively, but only earned $29,402 and $40,868.


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