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Law School Registrar Faces Mortgage Fraud Charges

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The longtime registrar at Quinnipiac Law School faces sentencing for conspiracy stemming from a mortgage fraud scheme and filing false tax returns.

Mary Ellen Durso of Milford is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Haven.

Prosecutors say the 55-year-old Durso conspired with others to commit bank fraud by filing a false loan application to refinance a condominium in Florida. Authorities say she also filed false tax returns for 2004-2008 by inflating her itemized deductions.

Her lawyer, Norm Pattis, called her “a wonderful human being who trusted the wrong people.”

Prosecutors urged the judge in court papers to sentence Durso to about 10 months in prison and suggested she could serve half her sentence as home confinement.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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