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Mortgage Fraud Conviction Leads to Custodial Sentence

A 52-year-old man has been sentenced to eleven years in jail after being convicted of 29 charges relating to a complex series of mortgage frauds.

According to the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, the prosecution of Edwin McLaren was the longest criminal trial in Scottish legal history.

“McLaren’s actions were conducted in such a covert way that it was an incredibly demanding investigation which took a considerable time to unpick the chain of events before that evidence could then be led in court,” explained Lindsey Miller, Deputy Crown Agent at the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service.

“The prosecuting team were able to put in front of the jury compelling evidence and the story of a man who was calculated in his deception and showed no remorse for the victims of his deceit,” she added.

Edwin McLaren’s wife, Lorraine McLaren, was convicted of two charges including one of mortgage fraud.  She was sentenced to two and half years in prison.

The fraud consisted of targeting those who may have been in financial difficulty and convincing them to sign over their homes before duping them into transferring the proceeds of the sale to a bank account controlled by McLaren.

In some cases, he provided a loan to pay off the mortgage as well as other debts but had instead arranged the sale of their property to a third party.

Cash from the fraud was then used as deposit for the next fraudulent purchase.

He was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow having been found guilty in May 2017 after a trial which had started in September 2015.

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