PLANO, Texas – Two Dallas brothers have been found guilty of federal violations related to a fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
On Feb. 13, 2023, Thomas Hughes Page, 46 and Jon Phillip Page, Jr., 54, were found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan.
According to information presented at trial, between approximately 2010 and 2017, the defendants used their company, Page Capital Group, to obtain multiple loans from PlainsCapital Bank (PCB), representing that the loans would be secured by a brokerage account worth at least $2 million. However, neither Thomas Page nor Phillip Page had access to such funds, as the brokerage account was never actually funded. Thomas Page and Phillip Page directed and paid a third individual, Clayton Wertz, to create and submit to PCB fraudulent brokerage statements for the brokerage account reflecting significant value. Once Thomas Page and Phillip Page received the money from PCB, they used the funds on various business and personal expenses. In addition, Thomas Page and Phillip Page took affirmative steps, such as providing occasional payments on the loan, to conceal and disguise their activity. As a result of the fraudulent conduct, the bank loaned Page Capital approximately $3.6 million and eventually lost approximately $3.25 million over the course of the scheme.
“These two brothers disguised and lied to financial institutions in order steal large amounts of money for their personal use, depriving others of the legitimate business use of the money,” said U.S. Attorney Featherston. “Keeping all the balls (lies) in the air only lasts until the FBI comes knocking, then the balls come crashing down. The FBI and prosecutors in this case did an outstanding job investigating and prosecuting the case.”
“The defendants knowingly used deceptive methods to obtain a loan from a financial institution that was used for their personal benefit, in order to keep their illicit scheme afloat,” said FBI Dallas Acting Special Agent in Charge James J. Dwyer. “Financial Institution Fraud not only hurts the lender, but also innocent borrowers who are seeking genuine loans for their businesses. The FBI is committed to pursuing anyone that attempts to defraud financial institutions, investors, or the public.”
The defendants face up to 30 years in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Frisco Resident Agency and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Plano office.