Accomplice In Ill. Judge Mortgage Fraud Case Gets 7 Months

Law360, Chicago (February 26, 2019, 5:40 PM EST) -- A former mortgage company employee who admitted to helping an Illinois state judge carry out a mortgage fraud scheme for two investment properties in Chicago was sentenced Tuesday to seven months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin said that although Maria Bartko’s cooperation throughout the government’s case warranted giving her “a break" compared to the year-and-a-day sentence he gave a co-defendant, former Illinois state Judge Jessica O’Brien, Bartko could have received a similar term since she engaged in a nearly identical scheme after her alleged work with O’Brien for two properties in Chicago suburb of Skokie.

“She’s less culpable in the...

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