UPPER MARLBORO, MD (WJZ) – The Potomac man was sentenced to 11 years in prison with a suspended three-year sentence after being convicted of stealing mortgages during a trial in court in May, Prince George County Attorney Aisha Braveboy said.
William Wayland, 51, was convicted of stealing more than $ 1,500, canceling a contract, and receiving money before providing services after pretending to be a lawyer and promising to change the mortgage to a Heights County woman who lost her home as a result of the scheme. according to the statement.
After the woman met Wayland through his hairdresser, he told her that he was a lawyer at the Clinton law firm and promised to amend her mortgage to lower her monthly payments, as she testified in court proceedings.
As part of this process, Wayland advised the woman to stop paying the mortgage in order to leave the loan unfulfilled, so that the bank would negotiate with him to prevent foreclosure on the loan and provide her with a new mortgage at a favorable rate and lower monthly payments, according to the application. He told her that he would file two bankruptcies against her and receive a modification to her home mortgage. The woman eventually lost her home when it went into circulation, and other witnesses also testified that they paid Wayland for similar loan change services.
The verdict exceeded the state’s norms for two to five years, which, according to Braveboy, was acquitted.
“He sends a message to Mr. Wayland and warns other people that they cannot commit this or any other crime and escape punishment for it,” she said in a statement.
Wayland will also receive a five-year probationary period upon release and will have to pay $ 6,000 in compensation.