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Mortgage fraud conspirator sentenced to jail

February 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
One of three defendants in a Yucca Valley mortgage fraud case has been sentenced to prison.Mohamad Esmail, 33, of Corona, California, was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison, 12 months home confinement with electronic monitoring, and three years of supervised release.

He also has to pay $78,000 in restitution to victims.

The case involved a money laundering conspiracy which included mortgage fraud and identity theft.

According to his plea agreement, the scheme involved the purchase of three homes in Yucca Valley in a partnership with his brother-in-law, Jubran Dighlawi, and a third man, Ata Dighlawi.

Investigators say the conspirators would buy the homes.

They would use false information to get federally insured loans, and sell the homes at inflated prices.

Alleged co-conspirator Jubran Dighlawi, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy, bank fraud, loan fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering. Jubran Dighlawi is currently a fugitive.