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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The former mayor of North Miami has received a prison term of about 5.5. years for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme.

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Lucie Tondreau was sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge.

Tondreau had been convicted in December of working with her ex-fiance and two other men to trick banks into loaning them $11 million between 2005 and 2008. Tondreau had been a widely-known and respected member of South Florida’s Haitian community and used that position to gain the trust of fellow immigrants to act as straw buyers.

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The straw buyers placed their names on loan applications and purchase homes they could not afford. Tondreau and her co-conspirators used the proceeds to purchase 20 homes and pocket cash.

The 55-year-old former mayor had faced up to 30 years in prison.

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