Detroit man sentenced over faith-based mortgage scheme

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Pontiac — A Detroit man will spend 30 to 99 years in prison after he was sentenced Thursday for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a faith-based mortgage assistance scheme.

Anthony Carta, 53, was sentenced in Pontiac’s 6th Circuit Court, Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Friday. He also was ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution.

Carta used his company, Freedom by Faith Ministries, to defraud more than 100 victims who sought mortgage help through the company from 2009 to 2013, Schuette said. Carta pocketed the money and never offered assistance to his victims.

Freedom by Faith Ministries was ordered to pay an additional $674,001 in restitution.

“Anthony Carta scammed his friends and neighbors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars under the guise of faith,” Schuette said. “While we can never undo the damage done to these victims, we have secured them justice and can make sure they’re never victimized by Anthony Carta again.”

Carta was convicted March 9 of seven felony charges related to the scam, including conducting a criminal enterprise, false pretenses from $20,000 to $50,000, and five counts of false pretenses from $1,000 to $20,000.

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