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A Lee County Realtor accused of conspiring to commit mortgage fraud with a Naples title company owner has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges involving kickbacks and $1.19 million in loans to unqualified or nonexistent buyers.
Harvey "Hobie" Miles Lowell, 35, of Lehigh Acres, who operated the now-defunct L Plus Land Developers, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and six counts of wire fraud involving his business, according to a plea agreement made public Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Fort Myers.
It shows he pocketed $338,441.86 and many of the homes went into foreclosure.
A plea is set for Jan. 20 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas Frazier, who must approve the plea and make a recommendation to a federal judge.
Each charge is punishable by up to 30 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine, or twice the gain or loss involved. However, a substantial-assistance agreement says Lowell would receive leniency if he cooperates with investigators.