Couple Pleads Not Guilty in Greenville’s Kingdom Connected Investments Mortgage Fraud Case
A man and woman accused of defrauding dozens of home buyers and sellers in a real estate fraud scheme pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Tuesday in federal court.
Michael J. Roush and Dana Q. Roush, owners of the now-defunct Kingdom Connected Investments, LLC, are charged with fraud conspiracy and failing to maintain payments on a federally insured mortgage through their Greenville-based investment company. The defendants are accused of falsely leading home buyers and sellers into fake rent-to-own agreements throughout the Carolinas. They obtained more than $1 million during the length of the conspiracy, according to the indictment.
Magistrate Jacquelyn Austin set their bond amounts at $25,000. The defendants posted bond on Tuesday, according to court documents.
James Loggins, a federal public defender representing Michael Roush, said his client is currently living in Florida. Michael Roush was ordered not to travel outside of Florida except to South Carolina for court appearances and attorney meetings, according to conditions of his bond.
Dana Roush was ordered not to travel outside of South Carolina during the prosecution.
The defendants must also avoid all contact with any victims in the investigation, according to court documents.
“It’ll be 30 days until the first pre-trial hearing,” Loggins said. “That will repeat every month until the case is resolved.”
Loggins said he was assigned the case early Wednesday and did not know any more details.
Joshua Kendrick, the attorney representing Dana Roush, could not be immediately reached for comment.