A Highlands Ranch mortgage company owner who pleaded guilty to felony charges of check forgery and theft of more than than $20,000 was not required to spend time in jail.
Jill M. Evans was sentenced on April 24 to 10 years of probation and a six-month suspended jail sentence, and was ordered to pay more than $6,000 in court costs and fines.
Evans, owner of Paramount Mortgage of Colorado Ltd., was indicted by a state grand jury in January 2012 for stealing up-front fees for mortgages and loans that she failed to deliver. The 47-year-old was accused of taking $500,000 from victims from Crested Butte to Chicago to Beverly Hills, Calif.
The amount of restitution to be paid is still being worked out, according to Carolyn Tyler, communications director with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.
Once the amount is set, Tyler said, Evans will avoid the six-month jail sentence as long as she pays the restitution in what the judge determines to be a timely manner.
Tyler said Evans is also facing two federal civil cases and currently has $8 million in insurance proceeds frozen, pending the resolution of those cases.
In a statement made at time of the indictment, Attorney General John Suthers said his office has made investigating and prosecuting mortgage fraud cases a top priority.
“Mortgage fraud harms everyone involved in real estate transactions — lenders, buyers and sellers — by disrupting the market,” Suthers said.