FraudBlogger.com had the chance to speak with IRS Special Agent & Public Information Officer Dan Wardlaw who attended the sentencing of Clifford Brigham. Brigham, 60, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $297,000 in restitution for committing mortgage fraud.
Especially disconcerting, was the fact that Brigham never showed any remorse nor did he offer an apology to his victims for the crimes, to which he did admit. He did, however, spend a half-hour reading a dissertation that outlined his life story and various rationales for the crimes he committed against lenders and individuals alike, Wardlaw said.
"But, none of the rationalizations he read to the court seemed to gain any traction with the judge, based on the comments that I heard her make," Agent Wardlaw told FraudBlogger.com in a brief phone interview.
"With an additional 3,650 days in federal prison he is going to have a long time to think about what he did – and it's going to tick by rather slowly."
Wardlaw noted that Brigham is currently incarcerated and has been so for nearly three years, however, little if any, of that time served would count towards his ten-year sentence.