San Fernando Valley resident Anthony Lewis, 39, is going to have a new address, as he has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez to 57 months in federal prison for his part in a $4 million mortgage fraud conspiracy. Judge Gutierrez also ordered Lewis to pay restitution of approximately $4.1 million.
Lewis was apparently the bird-dog who found houses for sale and gave phony loan applications to loan processors Jennifer Le, Matthew Balsz (formerly of US Bank) and Freddy Lentz (formerly of Bank of America). Balsz and Lentz were charged with accepting bribes to push the loan approval through underwriting. Deon Jackson, a mortgage broker from Gardena, helped Lewis correct loan applications so that they would qualify for funding.
Escrow officer Maria Arriaza of Diamond Clear Escrow in Granada Hills, has already been convicted for diverting funds intended for the home purchasers to the various conspirators.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Goorvitch.
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