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Radio host indicted in $10M fraud case

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) – A suburban Chicago lawyer who hosts a national radio talk show has been indicted for allegedly defrauding lenders out of nearly $10 million.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced the charges against Warren Ballentine on Monday.

The 41-year-old is accused conspiring with others to secure more than two dozen fraudulent mortgage loans.

The six-count federal indictment includes charges of bank and wire fraud. Each count carries a maximum prison term of 30 years. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of nearly $10 million.

Ballentine’s arraignment is set for Feb. 5

Prosecutors say Ballentine owns a law office in suburban Country Club Hills but now lives in Durham, N.C.

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