A Miami FHA lender and two of his associates plead guilty to a mortgage fraud scheme that cost the FHA approximately $64 million in losses. Hector Hernandez, owner of Great Country Mortgage Bankers and a real estate developer, and his business partner Aleida Fontao each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Olga Hernandez, an underwriter for Great Country, confessed to falsifying information in borrowers’ loan applications to make them appear qualified. According to the DOJ, Great Country was a direct endorsement lender that made loans to first-time homebuyers and borrowers with imperfect credit and low credit cores. Hernandez and Fontao admitted to pressuring their loan officers to approve and close loans based on fraudulent income and employment information. Borrower credit histories were altered to make them look good. The senior underwriter admitted to providing false information to her co-workers and endorsing borrowers’ applications despite knowing that they did not qualify for the loans.