Another mortgage fraudster sentenced

Roseville man with Chico connections gets 14 years

A former business partner of convicted and sentenced local mortgage scammer Garrett Gilliland III was sentenced himself Sept. 11 after pleading guilty in January to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Christopher J. Warren, 30, was sentenced to 14 years, seven months.

Warren admitted to causing mortgage lenders losses of $12.4 million while he worked for Loomis Wealth Solutions in Roseville with Gilliland, whom he called his best friend and business partner. In February 2009 Warren fled the country, flying to Ireland, then to Lebanon and finally back to North America, where he was arrested carrying a fake passport while crossing the Canadian border with $70,000 stuffed into his cowboy boots.

Before he left the country Warren posted a “résumé” online: “… my managers and handlers taught me the ins and outs of mortgage fraud, drugs, sex, and money, money and more money.”

Last month Gilliland was sentenced to seven years, 10 months.