But doesn't the lack of hard evidence suggest that she wasn't commiting this paticular fraud? This isn't some discreet, long-term scam; it's a hit-and-run job? You don't hold onto the property. You don't make any repayments. You just default and keep the difference between what you paid for the property and what the bank lent you. You certainly don't stand for political office, unless you used false details for the transactions. If you've been that niave you probably go on holiday, or get false i.d., or live in the cash economy till you hope they've forgotten you. None of which is too suggest that property speculators are the sort of people who should administer society's public institutions. But I imagine the other parties would also look pretty poor if we open that can of worms.