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Folsom Man Goes to Prison for 10 Years for Real Estate Investment Fraud

A man who was already on home detention for a prior conviction for bank fraud has been sentenced to federal prison for 10 years for mail fraud.

U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. imposed the sentence on David Romo, 42, now formerly of Folson for operating a real estate investment fraud scheme that cost the victims over $6.9 million.

Romo was prosecuted by the office of U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner, who said that David Romo never disclosed to his victims-investors that he had been convicted of bank fraud in 2002 in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento. He solicited investors through his companies Sycamore Ventures LLC, Smarie Investments LLC and Groupo Immobiliare LLC. Wagner stated that Romo did not use the investors’ money for anything other than his personal use and for unrelated business expenses.

In imposing sentence on Friday, U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. noted that Mr. Romo was on home detention when he committed his current crimes.

In referring to Romo’s gall in committing new federal crimes while on federal supervised release, Judge Burrell said “This is appalling, he does not respect the law, he does not get it. It is evident the public needs protection.”

Read the original article in the Central Valley Business Times.

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