PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Limington woman in U.S. District Court to two years of probation for forging her bank records in a thwarted effort to keep her home from being foreclosed upon.
U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby also ordered Mary L. Axelsen, 35, to pay a $500 fine.
Axelsen waived indictment in September and pleaded guilty to counterfeiting and-or forging securities.
She and her husband, who is not named in court documents, purchased a Limington home in September 2003, according to the prosecution version of events to which she pleaded guilty. By May 2004, they had stopped making payments. A foreclosure judgment was entered a year later in York County Superior Court.
Axelsen fabricated more than $20,000 in checks drawn on her bank account and created fake bank statements to show the payments had been made when they had not, according to the prosecution. In an effort to keep the house from being sold in September 2005, the woman claimed that she had made 18 payments of $1,480 each toward the $145,800 mortgage on the house.
In November 2006, the home was sold and the mortgage was paid off.
Axelsen faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.