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Columbus woman charged in massive mortgage scam

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Fortson, Georgia woman is facing federal charges in connection with a cross-country mortgage scam.

Andrea Tannahill and more than thirty other people have been indicted in the fraud case out of Texas.

Tannahill appeared before Judge G. Mallon Faircloth in United States District Court in Columbus Wednesday.  

Between February of 2004 and July of 2007, the government says Tannahill used to Federal Express to mail alleged fraudulent documents, including appraisals.

In the 56-page indictment, it says as a result of the false materials Tannahill and others made, a mortgage company provided more than $660,000 to fund a property transaction and Tannahill was one of many to receive payments from the proceeds of the alleged scheme.

Tannahill was released on her own recognizance Wednesday. She must voluntarily report to Texas to face her charges.

Prosecutors say she faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

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