HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Federal authorities say a man took advantage of dozens of people who were about to lose their homes in the Hampton Roads region.
Damien Byrd pleaded guilty to one count of bankruptcy fraud in the Norfolk Federal Courthouse. He is currently waiting to be sentenced.
Documents state that he “hatched a scheme whereby he convinced distressed homeowners facing foreclosure and the loss of their homes that he could assist them in keeping their homes through the filing of various bankruptcy petitions. In truth and fact, Byrd was engaged in a scheme to defraud these homeowners out of funds that he fraudulently converted to his own use.”
Records state he owned and operated a company called Bird & Associates.
Prosecutors said he researched and identified financially distressed homeowners in the Hampton Roads region and solicited them by placing a flier on their door advertising his service. He