Public invited to share input on mortgage fraud case

Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

For those who have questions or comments about the Parish mortgage fraud case, a public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1300 East Main St. in New Prague.

There are two separate and distinct purposes for the meeting. The first is to give the public an opportunity to ask federal officials questions about what is happening in the case regarding Parish homes. The second is to assess the impact of this crime in the surrounding communities of New Prague, Lonsdale and Elko New Market.

Information gathered will be sent to the presiding judge in the case, who will utilize it in the sentencing of those involved.

Present at the event will be representatives of the federal government including the court-appointed receiver Attorney Gary Hansen of the firm Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly of Minneapolis, who is in charge of managing and preserving the properties. A representative of the U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuting the case and the U.S. Probation Office, which is in charge of gathering information on community impact, will also be at the meeting.

Since it is a public meeting, all community members who have been impacted by this case are urged to attend. This would also include city officials of the effected communities, residents of Parish properties and those affected economically or in other ways such as builders, homeowners, realtors, neighbors and others.

Residents with questions and/or comments may also submit them prior to the meeting by mailing them to Michael Dudley, Federal Bureau of Investigation, PO Box 204, Mankato, MN 56002 or emailing them to

For additional information, contact the City of New Prague, 952-758-1128.

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