Illinois. The U.S. Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced that a former South Holland, IL, man, Kenneth Steward, was sentenced to 17 years and six months in federal prison for allegedly directing a $35 million mortgage fraud scheme involving more than 120 residences on Chicagos south side. The scheme caused various lenders and financial institutions to lose approximately $16 million on mortgage loans that were not repaid by the borrowers or fully recovered through subsequent foreclosure sales, federal law enforcement officials said. The sentence that was imposed is one of the longest ever given to a mortgage fraud defendant in federal court in Chicago, according to officials.