Hells Angel Leader Receives 12-Month Sentence For Mortgage Fraud

Josh Leo Johnson, vice president of the Hells Angels Sonoma Chapter in California, was sentenced yesterday to 12 months in custody and ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution to SunTrust Mortgage for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Johnson pleaded guilty on Dec. 13, 2011, to wire fraud. As part of the plea agreement, Johnson admitted that from 2006 until 2007, he was involved in a conspiracy with others to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans. These false statements caused interstate wire transfers of loan funds from mortgage lenders directly to Johnson's account, which ultimately resulted in a loss to SunTrust of approximately $135,000, though the amount of loss in the overall conspiracy is at least several million dollars.

Johnson was also sentenced to a three-year period of supervised release with several special conditions, one of which was that half of his 12-month sentence must be served in federal prison, while the remaining portion may be served in the form of home detention.


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