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Julie Farmer, Crisp & Cole Defendant, Gets Prison and Hefty Fine

Crisp & Cole defendant Julie Farmer felt the full weight of the judicial system this past Monday.

Farmer, who was the Chief Operations Officer for the firm, was sentenced by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to three years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Showing just how profitable mortgage fraud was for Farmer and the company, Judge O’Neill further ordered her to pay $2,914,331 in restitution and to forfeit $15 million. That’s not bad income for a scheme that ran for less than four years and saw lenders defrauded out of millions when she and principals David Crisp and Carl Cole used straw buyers to buy and sell residential properties at inflated prices, skimming non-existing equity to line their pockets. All the properties ultimately were foreclosed.

Farmer’s harsh punishment, according to the judge, resulted from her supervising some of her co-defendants in the mortgage fraud conspiracy and for testifying falsely at the trial.

Benjamin Wagner, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, announced that “Today’s sentencing is the result of a culture of greed and opportunism that saturated a Bakersfield real estate company.”

Read the original article in KERO-TV.


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