Condo Developer Indicted in Denali Alaskan FCU Case
Nearly four years after Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union charged a prominent real estate developer with fraud, a federal grand jury recently indicted Lee Baker Jr. for making false statements to obtain more loans.
Baker allegedly made several transactions through the $444 million Denali Alaskan in Anchorage dating back to 2005 to fund several condominium units, according to several local media reports.
To obtain the loans, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, Baker transferred property from his company Discovery Construction to himself and then back to his company.
After the sale back to Discovery Construction, Baker told Denali Alaskan that a $1.4 million deal went through and obtained financing from the credit union. However, he allegedly used the funds received from Denali Alaskan to reduce his shareholder debt to his construction company, according to media reports.
In another condo deal, Baker also allegedly lied to the credit union after drawing down proceeds of a $9.2 million loan for an Anchorage apartment project. He ended up defaulting on the loan, the indictment noted.
Baker was charged with 14 counts including fraud and money laundering. He is facing a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
A comment from Denali Alaskan was not immediately available.
Credit Union Times first reported on Baker in 2008 when the credit union sought $16 million plus interest and fees in its lawsuit. Denali Alaskan said a $2.8 million loss in 2007 was attributed to Baker’s delinquent and defaulted loans.