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Associate of Garret Gililland III Indicted for Real Estate Fraud

Leonard Williams, 49, and Joshua Clymers, 25 have been indicted for mail fraud for using straw buyers to purchase homes at inflated values (appraisal fraud), which they then flipped.

Williams is an associate of Garret Griffith Gililland III. Gililland, the subject of a number of posts on the California Real Estate Fraud Report, pleaded guilty in May 2011 to defrauding lenders (mortgage fraud, loan fraud) out of millions of dollars.

Leonard Williams was a licensed real estate agent whose license was revoked by the California Department of Real Estate in January 2012. The indictment charges that once acquiring the properties, Williams and Clymers sent the fraudulent deeds of trust through the postal service, which is what generated the mail fraud counts. Diamond Hill Financial, Inc., one of Gililland’s former companies, handled the escrow proceeds (escrow fraud).

Two developers who were also charged in Gililland’s real estate fraud scheme, Tony Symmes and William Baker, entered pleas and Symmes has returned about $4 million to the lender-victims.

Read the original article in the Chico Enterprise Record.

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