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SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Joshua Clymer, 28, currently of San Francisco, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, from approximately October 2006 through August 2008, Clymer participated in a mortgage fraud scheme involving multiple properties in the Sacramento area. As a part of the scheme, Clymer and a business partner used several fraudulent tactics to help buyers secure home loans from lenders, including inflating the buyer’s income, providing false employment histories, falsifying gifts made to the buyers, and giving undisclosed cash back to some buyers outside of escrow. Buyers of the properties later defaulted on their loans, leading to foreclosure sales, and in one instance a loan modification. The estimated loss associated with Clymer as a result of these activities is approximately $352,000.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher S. Hales and Audrey Hemesath are prosecuting the case.
Clymer is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge William B. Shubb on September 22, 2014. Clymer faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.