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Gililland Pleads Guilty in Multimillion Loan Fraud

Two defendants in a $21 million loan fraud case that cost lenders $4 million, has pleaded guilty to money laundering and mail fraud.

Garret Griffith Gililland III, 29, entered the plea, admitting his significant role in creating fraudulent loan applications, falsifying documents and recruiting straw buyers to purchase some of the homes offered by builders Tony Symmes and William Baker at inflated prices. Gililland’s wife Nicole Magpusao, 31, entered a guilty plea to mail fraud. Symmes has already pleaded guilty in this case; Baker is awaiting trial.

The Sacramento Bee has reported that Gililland’s guilty plea was “unexpected” and could “spell trouble” for Lawrence Leland “Lee” Loomis and his business Loomis Wealth Solutions.

Not mincing any words, Butte County District Attorney Michael Ramsey said that Gililland and his co-conspirators “did incalculable damage to the mortgage industry and the housing market. He and others like him contributed to the largest downturn in our country’s economy since the Great Depression.”

Read the original articles in the Central Valley Business Times and the Sacramento Bee.

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