Former Finch Bassist Admits To Running A Mortgage Audit Scam


Temecula, California, 2002. Five young men in a band called Finch release What It Is To Burn to critical acclaim. Fast forward to St. Louis in 2013, and one of those men has long since been out of the band and is now admitting that he ran a mortgage audit scam. According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Derek Thomas Doherty (pictured in the far right of the picture), former bassist for Finch and the only original member no longer in the band, would phone call strangers, use television and mail ads to get business for his mortgage audit business. He charged $3,000 an audit.

US District Attorney Dianna Collins said that consumers lost more than $400,000 in the scheme, with Doherty personally responsible for somewhere around $99,000. She also stated that Doherty never gave an audit or even had the software necessary to provide one. Despite the severity of the crimes, he’s expected to face only fifteen to twenty one months in prison for felony mail fraud. If we find an update, we’ll give you one, but hopefully this is the last we hear of such terrible things.

In better news, Finch is also heading out on tour for the last time in support of What It Is To Burn’s anniversary with Dance Gavin Dance as main support. Whether that means more non-WIITB dates will come or not has yet to be seen. See the tour dates (and a larger version of photograph of Derek Doherty, because, look at him!) after the jump.

10/13 – Long Island, NY – The Paramount
10/14 – Starland, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/15 – Springfield, VA – Empire
10/17 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
10/18 – Carrborro, NC – Cats Cradle
10/19 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
10/20 – Orlando, FL – Beacham
10/23 – Houston, TX – The Warehouse
10/24 – Austin, TX – Red Seven
10/25 – Dallas, TX – South by So What Festival
10/27 – Sauget, IL – Pops
10/28 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
10/29 – Denver, CO – Gothic
10/30 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
12/14 – Hollywood, CA – The Fonda*

* – not with Dance Gavin Dance.

Dan Bogosian

I finished school with a music theory degree. Before I finished school, I was a janitor. You really should apologize to all the janitors you've ever had. You hurt them. Seriously. You did.

But, now that we've cleared that up and you called your high school janitor, know that I quit being a janitor to pursue writing about music. So here I am, and here you are, and hey how are you?
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  • Lord Haw Haw

    Well. I, for one, am not surprised. He looks just like a Mortgage Audit Scammer.