Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Monday a Maryland woman was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
Forty-five-year-old Ana Maritza Gomez of Hyattsville conspired to 49-year-old Rene De Jesus De Leon and 39-year-old Pedrina Rodriguez Bonilla, both of Silver Spring, to defraud individuals through a foreclosure rescue scandal.
Gomez and her co-conspirators promised victims help in preventing foreclosures of their homes, by modifying their mortgage loans. Victims thought they were signing up for the “principal reduction” program, which entailed an upfront fee of about $3,000 and monthly payments for up to 15 years. They instructed the victims to make monthly payments through their companies, Innovative Solutions Services LLC and Marketing Multiservices LLC, in lieu of the mortgage lenders, according to court records.
The victims would receive a monthly invoice that included a false “principal balance” that was being paid down. Gomez also received monthly payments from some of the victims at her residence. Many of the victims lost their homes as a result of the scandal.
Pedrina Bonilla’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 13 and Rene De Leon’s sentencing is scheduled for December 14.
In addition to the 30-month prison sentence, Gomez was ordered to pay $205,280.24 in restitution.