2-time mortgage scammer in Ohio gets 4-plus years

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former FBI informant has been sentenced to more than four years in prison on his guilty plea in a second mortgage fraud case in Ohio.

Forty-year-old Paul Tomko of Cleveland was sentenced Thursday in federal court on counts including wire fraud in a $327,000 scam.

The government learned about the fraud when his probation officer in the earlier case discovered a mortgage business being run out of Tomko's home.

He had been put on probation for three years after pleading guilty in 2009 in a $1.2 million mortgage fraud case.

The earlier case involved scams similar to the ones that agents had paid him $27,000 to help investigate in 2007 and 2008.

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