After being convicted in September, a San Ramon man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for a mortgage fraud scheme on Monday, according to U.S Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.
Joel Blanford, 44, was sentenced in Sacramento and will have a supervised release lasting three years after he is out of prison.
Blanford worked as a sales representative for Long Beach Mortgage, a wholesale subprime lender and former subsidiary of Washington Mutual.
From April 2003 to October 2005, according to evidence presented at trial, Blanford paid a loan coordinator in cash and checks to falsify documents, provide false verification of borrowers’ employment or professional licensing status, and turn a blind eye to fraudulent representations contained in loan applications and other documents.
As a result of the scheme, from 2003-05 Blanford received more than $1 million in commissions and other compensation a year before taxes from Long Beach Mortgage.
To help him with the scheme, he paid the load coordinator more than $50,000 in checks alone.
“This investigation exposed a sophisticated chain of fraud that started at the homebuyer level and extended all the way to banking insiders," Wagner said. "It is a lesson that those earning million-dollar paychecks are not exempt from significant criminal penalties.”