By Steve Kilar
The Baltimore Sun
8:05 AM EST, December 4, 2012
An Owings Mills man was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison for defrauding homeowners who sought his help with coordinating mortgage loan modifications, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said in a statement.
Rodney Getlan, 45, pleaded guilty in September to nine counts of mortgage fraud.
The state accused Getlan of promising homeowners that he would help them get loan modifications. Then, using fake documents, he was able to steal the monthly payments that the homeowners thought were going to their lenders, DLLR said.
Getlan scammed struggling homeowners for three years, between Jan. 2009 and Jan. 2012, the state said.
Several of Getlan’s victims lost their homes to foreclosure. Mortgage servicers are required to notify a homeowner of an impending foreclosure, but Getlan intercepted those notices by changing the contact information servicers had on file for his victims, the state said.
Ten years of Getlan’s 35-year sentence were suspended. His jail time is to be followed by 5 years of probation. He has also agreed to pay more than $120,000 in restitution, DLLR said.
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