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Mortgage Fraud Schemer Sentenced

 

Getlan sentenced to 35 years for defrauding Maryland homeowners

BALTIMORE, MD (December 3, 2012) – Rodney Getlan, age 45, of Owings Mills, was sentenced today by Judge Ballou-Watts to 35 years of incarceration with 10 years suspended, followed by 5 years of probation for nine counts of mortgage fraud. As of today, he agreed to $121,876 in restitution.

Getlan pleaded guilty earlier this year to nine counts of mortgage fraud. An investigation by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation’s (DLLR) Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation and the Baltimore County Police Department lead to Getlan’s arrest in March for defrauding homeowners of considerable upfront fees for mortgage modifications and stealing their monthly mortgage payments.

“The 35 year sentence is a victory for Maryland consumers,” said Maryland Labor, Licensing & Regulation Secretary Leonard Howie. “Commissioner Mark Kaufman and the entire Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation work tirelessly to protect our most vulnerable neighbors from predatory practices. I am proud of the efforts of the Office of Financial Regulation in this case and want to thank the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Baltimore County Police Department for their partnership in this successful criminal prosecution.”

“The sentencing in this case underscores our commitment to protecting Maryland homeowners and sends a message that these types of scams, which prey on our most vulnerable citizens, will not be tolerated,” said Mark Kaufman, Commissioner of the Office of Financial Regulation.

The investigation into Getlan’s activities involved Investigator A. Thomas Koehler of the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation and Detective Dave Donnelly of the Baltimore County Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit. In addition, Erin McCarthy Naylor, Director of Mortgage Fraud for the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation, and Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Lippe, Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit, have partnered in the investigation and prosecution of this complex case. Ms. Naylor was sworn in as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney to assist in the prosecution. She joined the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation in 2011 through a Department of Justice Grant and is responsible for creating and implementing a mortgage fraud outreach program as well as leading efforts to enhance criminal prosecution statewide.

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