LAS VEGAS — The Office of the Nevada Attorney General announced today that a local man was sentenced to prison in connection with a mortgage scam involving Nevada homeowners.
Judge Linda Bell sentenced Joseph Lawrence Yorkus, 50, to a maximum of 102 months with a minimum of 24 months in the Nevada State Prison and ordered him to pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $346,155.15 for schemes relating to mortgage fraud, mortgage rescue fraud, credit repair and collection enterprises.
“Mr. Yorkus took advantage local homeowners who were already struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments,” said Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. “He stole those payments and placed these homeowners in peril of losing their homes.”
Yorkus created several businesses including Great Western Business Services, Sundance Consulting, BAC Collections, Learn Your Rights and Fresh Start Consulting and used them to obtain money from unsuspecting homeowners, placing them in jeopardy of losing their residences. He pled guilty to one count of mortgage fraud for his part in sending correspondence to local homeowners advising them that their mortgages, which were legally held by Bank of America, had been transferred to his company, Great Western, and advised them that future mortgage payments should be made to Great Western.