Finally saw an article where a mortgage executive was sentenced to a jail term for bank fraud during the financial crisis chaos. Michael Ashley’s company, Lend America, imploded to the tune of $49M in losses in 2009. His sentence: 3 years in prison, $49M in restitution, and a forfeiture of $800,000.00.

The judge did not impose the maximum 30 years for bank fraud. Quoting Judge Joseph Bianco, “I don’t have any concern that you’re not truly remorseful. You are a changed man.” Michael was given a year to arrange for someone to take over his business affairs and spend time with his mother who is being treated for stage four cancer.

It took over ten years to end this case; that seems like a long time. So much for speedy justice.


This article was brought to my attention by our favorite Compliance Management Consultant Theresa C. Ballard of Chula Vista. Her website is www.StrategicCompliancePartners.com . Best in the West. Thanks TCB.

For more information you can go to: https://www.hudoig.gov/newsroom/news/lend-america-exec-michael-ashley-sentenced-3-years-bank-fraud


  1. Robert W Nelissen July 26, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

    Why is it that I renew my corporate DRE license on line even though my officers license has to be mailed in?

    According to DRE website they are working on documents received on 6/20

    My renewal application should be received by 7/10

    I got my corporate license renewed in 2 days going through the website, why have to mail it in for late officer license renewal?

    Thank you

    • Duane Gomer July 28, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

      Thank you, keep reading and I will keep informing.

  2. Ann McGinley July 28, 2019 at 9:22 am #

    Is this the first case of a lender going to prison? Are other cases pending? I am delighted to hear there is a modicum of justice here.

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