CLEVELAND -- A Cuyahoga County jury continues its deliberations Monday in the trial of a Cleveland Heights man charged with money laundering, receiving stolen property and tampering with records.
Tony Viola, 46, of Cleveland Heights, was indicted on charges of tampering with records, receiving stolen property and additional money laundering prohibitions.
Between Nov. 1, 2005, and March 18, 2006, Viola, along with co-defendant Francis Burton, 71, of Las Vegas, provided false information during multiple mortgage transactions.
As a rRaltor, Viola, owner of Realty Corporation of America, committed loan application fraud when he assisted Burton, who purchased multiple properties, in falsifying assets, liabilities, income or down payment information and by participating in the fraudulent disbursement of funds.
Viola has already been found guilty in U.S. District Court on similar charges and was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison.