(WSVN) — MIAMI -- The former mayor of North Miami has been sentenced to five-and-half years in federal prison for her role in a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme.
Lucie Tondreau made history when she became the first woman to be elected mayor in the city of North Miami back in 2013. She appeared before a judge in Federal Court Tuesday, where she faced up to 30 years in prison for conspiracy and wire fraud convictions.
Prosecutors said before Tondreau became Mayor, she and others conspired to defraud lenders using what the government calls "straw buyers." Buyers were recruited through a radio program that catered to Haitian-American listeners and was led by Tondreau's former fiancé, Karl Oreste.
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