Why JamieLee Lawler lost more than her dog

JamieLee Lawler and Luci

Her life seemed perfect. What happened?

JamieLee Lawler vacationed with friends

JamieLee Lawler swam with 
Luci in her home pool

JamieLee Lawler loved her dog

JamieLee Lawler lived in her Phoenix home, 
which she called the "Lawler Resort"

JamieLee Lawler, age 43, also liked to watch the TV shows Forsenic Files and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

One of her favorite movies? The Shawshank Redemption.

JamieLee Lawler's real name is Paige Kinney.

She was a loan officer who led a mortgage fraud scheme.

She and others found people who were not qualified to buy homes and submitted false documents under their names. These people, who never intended to pay any of the mortgage, received mortgage loans for more than a property was worth.

With this scheme, she and others received $9 million in extra money.

Ms. Kinney spent her money on homes in Phoenix and San Diego, luxury vehicles, jewelry, her mortgage, and to pay the people who used the fake information to pretend to be getting the loans.

Because of her, lenders issued almost $39 million in fraudulent loans.

Paige Kinney was caught.

Once you're arrested for fraud, you'd think you should keep squeaky clean and not commit any more crimes.

She did not follow this advice.

While waiting for the trial, she declared bankruptcy, then tried to hide information from the bankruptcy court by giving them a fake name and social security number.

She also arranged for friends to obtain a fraudulent loan to buy a car.

And she committed insurance fraud by staging a fake burglary of her home and collecting $130,000 from her insurance company.

Again, Paige Kinney was caught.

The judge in her case was not sympathetic. He said she had engaged in a “breathtakingly aggressive fraud” and sentenced her to pay $22 million in restitution.

He also sentenced her to spend a total of 15 years in prison.

Former Countrywide Loan Officer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison and Ordered to Pay $22 Million in Restitution, FBI>>

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