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Real estate agent tied to Bahama Island case pleads guilty

Tiffany Travis, a former real estate agent and one of the defendants in a criminal case that includes the failed Bahama Island condominium project, has pleaded guilty in federal court in Florence to one felony charge of bank fraud.

Travis, 28, of Myrtle Beach, will be sentenced at a later date.

Evidence presented at a guilty plea hearing on Wednesday showed that Travis worked one day a week at Ocean Front Real Estate agency in North Myrtle Beach in 2007. She conspired with Darin Epps, a mortgage broker for Dunes Mortgage in Myrtle Beach, and Bahama Island developer Jeff Shoup -- one of the owners of the real estate agency -- to write false loan applications totaling nearly $2.4 million for three condominium units.

Epps pleaded guilty to one charge of felony bank fraud in April. He has not yet been sentenced.

A trial for Shoup has tentatively been scheduled for November.

Travis and Epps face a fine of $1 million and up to 30 years in prison. Shoup is facing multiple felony charges that could put him in prison for up to 30 years for each charge.

Read more about this story in Friday's edition of The Sun News.