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Garrett County lawyer convicted of falsifying deeds, mortgages



A Garrett County attorney was convicted Friday by a federal jury of bank fraud and related offenses.

Angela M. Blythe, 51, an Oakland solo practitioner, will be sentenced in December.

Blythe, 51, was indicted in December 2014 for using false identities to prepare deeds, mortgages and notes which concealed her co-conspirator’s ownership of several properties, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore.

Blythe also conducted property settlements where the co-conspirator served as buyer, seller and borrower using false identities which Blythe concealed from lenders, according to the release.

After a nine-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Blythe was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and two counts of making a false statement to a bank, according to the release. She faces 30 years in prison for conspiracy and bank fraud and 30 years for each count of making a false statement.

Sentencing is scheduled before Judge William D. Quarles on Dec. 14.

In a related case, Louis W. Strosnider III, 49, and Samuel R. VanSickle, 51, both of Garrett County, were indicted on conspiracy and bank fraud charges, according to the release. Strosnider pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and VanSickle pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

As of Friday, Blythe is listed as an active attorney in the Client Protection Fund maintained by the Maryland Judiciary.

The case is U.S. v. Angela M. Blythe, 1:14-cr-00591-WDQ.