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Williamsburg man awaits sentencing on federal mail fraud conviction

Williamsburg man awaits sentencing on federal mail fraud conviction

WILLIAMSBURG – A Williamsburg man will be sentenced next month in federal court after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

According to court documents, an FBI investigation revealed Brendan J. Hawkins was operating a business that knowingly transferred timeshare properties to unqualified purchasers.

Hawkins pleaded guilty in federal court in December. The charge was related to an elaborate scheme to obtain money by illegaly transferring ownership of timeshare properties to “straw buyers,” individuals who had no intention of fulfilling the obligations of timeshare ownership.

These duties include paying taxes and maintenance fees for the...

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