Highlands Ranch woman indicted for mortgage fraud

A state grand jury has indicted a Highlands Ranch woman and her company of defrauding more than a dozen people across the country out of thousands of dollars in fees for mortgages and loans she never delivered.

Attorney General John Suthers said Jill Evans and Paramount Mortgage were indicted on 18 counts of defrauding people out of $500,000 by charging upfront fees in exchange for what her victims believed were commercial and residential loans. Evans is suspected of failing to refund the fees, wired to the bank account of Paramount Mortgage of Colorado. The transactions affected include properties in Crested Butte; Beverly Hills, Calif.; Calabasa, Calif.; Chicago, Ill.; and new Carrollton, Md.

“Mortgage fraud harms everyone involved in real estate transactions – lenders, buyers, sellers – by disrupting the market,” Suthers said.

Evans faces up to 12 years in prison and a fine as high as $750,000 if convicted of any of the eight class-three felony counts of theft included in the indictment. She also faces one count of theft as a class-four felony and nine counts of forgery, a class-five felony.