Massachusetts real estate agent sentenced to prison for stealing $1.8 million from buyers

MA man sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison for collecting buyers' deposits on houses no longer on the market

A Massachusetts man who according to authorities preyed on people who wanted to buy homes by collecting deposits on properties that had either already been sold or were not even for sale was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison, federal prosecutors said.

Michael P. Flavin, 39, of Quincy, cashed more than 60 deposit checks totaling about $1.8 million over a three-year period, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Boston.

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Flavin executed purchase and sales agreements and received deposit checks from or on behalf of the potential buyers, even though the owners of the properties had not agreed to sell to those particular buyers, prosecutors said.

Michael P. Flavin, 39, stole over $1.8 million by cashing over 60 checks from buyers who thought they were putting deposits on homes on the market.

Michael P. Flavin, 39, stole over $1.8 million by cashing over 60 checks from buyers who thought they were putting deposits on homes on the market.

To carry out the scheme, he forged the sellers' signatures, prosecutors said.

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He pleaded guilty last December to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. A hearing will be held at a future date to determine restitution.