LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 55-year-old California man was sentenced to 5½ years in federal prison years for heading what prosecutors called a double escrow mortgage fraud scheme in Henderson and Las Vegas.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Friday that George Anderson of Copperopolis, Calif., also got three years of supervised release after prison for his guilty plea in April to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

A 38-year-old co-defendant, Andrew Swan of Heyworth, Ill., was sentenced in June to 2½ years in federal prison for wire fraud and conspiracy.

Together, the two men were ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution.

Bogden says Anderson admitted soliciting straw buyers for homes that Anderson controlled and resold at a profit, and Swan was recruited to buy houses from the straw buyers for a kickback.

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