- Attorney General Suthers gets restitution for fraud victims.
- Jill Evans agrees to pay almost $919,500.
- Victims were in Colorado and other states.
Jill Evans has agreed to pay almost $919,500 to victims of a mortgage scheme in Colorado and other state, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today.
The plea bargain deal to pay $919,465.35 amounts to “full restitution” to more than a dozen victims who were defrauded by Evans and her company, Paramount Mortgage of Colorado Ltd.
Evans,47, pled guilt to theft and forgery under the plea agreement.
In addition to Colorado, victims were in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Nevada, Virginia and Washington.
“In cases like this, it is often challenging to secure compensation of victims for their loss,” Suthers said. “So it is especially gratifying that this case results in people receiving full restitution,”
In early 2012, Suthers announced that the State Grand Jury had indicted Evans for stealing fees for mortgage loans that she never delivered.
According to the 18-count indictment, filed in Denver District Court, Evans defrauded her victims by charging upfront fees in exchange for what her victims believed were commercial and reside. The transactions affected include properties in Crested Butte; Beverly Hills, Calif.; Calabasas, Calif.; Chicago and New Carrollton, Md.
“Since becoming attorney general, my office has made investigating and prosecuting mortgage fraud cases one of our top priorities,” Suthers said at the time of the indictment.
“Mortgage fraud harms everyone involved in real estate transactions — lenders, buyers and sellers — by disrupting the market,” he said.
“This indictment underlines my office’s continuing commitment to investigate and prosecute mortgage and lending fraud cases.”
Evans faced up to 12 years in prison if convicted of any of the eight class-three felony counts of theft included in the indictment. She also faced one count of theft as a class-four felony and nine counts of forgery, a class-five felony.
The attorney general’s office worked with the Greenwood Village Police Department to investigate the case and secure the indictment.
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