SACRAMENTO, CA—Andrey Andreyev, 37, of Sacramento, and Vitaliy Andreyev, 30, of Antelope, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud arising out of a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, brothers Andrey Andreyev and Vitaliy Andreyev were recruited by Vera Kuzmenko, the owner of VK Tax Services, a tax preparation business, to purchase properties they could not afford. Andrey Andreyev purchased a property for $850,000 and Vitaliy Andreyev purchased a property for $1.2 million. Kuzmenko promised the Andreyev brothers money in exchange for purchasing the properties and prepared the loan applications for the brothers to sign. The loan applications for the properties contained numerous material false statements, concerning the Andreyevs’ income, assets, and intention to occupy the properties as primary residences.
According to court documents, Kuzmenko knew the statements on the Andreyev brothers’ applications were false because she prepared their taxes. Kuzmenko is charged in two separate indictments with wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and witness tampering in connection with this mortgage fraud scheme. The charges against her are merely allegations, and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.