Lee Farkas, convicted exec with Ocala’s Taylor, Bean and Whitaker, released from prison
A mortgage industry executive responsible for one of the largest fraud cases prosecuted after the U-S financial crisis a decade ago is being released from federal prison in Sumter County on compassionate grounds.
Sixty-eight-year-old Lee Farkas sought release from Coleman because he is susceptible to the coronavirus.
He has served nine years of a 30-year sentence.
Farkas was chairman of the Ocala-based mortgage giant Taylor, Bean and Whitaker [WIT-uh-ker]. He was prosecuted for a $3 billion fraud scheme.
A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, ordered his release on Tuesday. The judge cited his age, health problems and a COVID-19 outbreak at the prison.
Prosecutors opposed his release.
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