Another Hymas family member receives sentence

cmsewell@idahostatesman.comMay 3, 2013 

— Season Heather Hymas, 27, was sentenced Thursday in Boise federal court to five years probation for misdemeanor theft from a financial institution. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Hymas to pay $100,272.32 in restitution to Wells Fargo Bank.

Hymas, who formerly lived in the Treasure Valley and now lives in American Fork, Utah, is the 11th Hymas family member or associate to be sentenced as part of a Treasure Valley mortgage fraud case. Two other family members, Aaron and Tiffany Hymas, await sentencing.

According to the plea agreement, in December 2006, Season Hymas obtained a residential loan based on false statements in a loan application. The false statements included misrepresentations about her employment, monthly income and the balance of funds held in a bank account.

In June, a jury found the defendant's husband, Travis Richard Hymas, guilty on five counts of wire fraud. He was sentenced in October to 24 months in prison for wire fraud and ordered to pay $241,307.04 in restitution.

The Hymases' case is part of a multi-year FBI and IRS investigation into mortgage fraud activity related to Crestwood Homes, which involved multiple defendants who bought and sold real estate in order to gain profits from the sales. Crestwood Homes was a residential builder in the Treasure Valley that filed a $68 million bankruptcy in July 2008.

Aaron Hymas was co-owner of the now-defunct Crestwood. His business partner, Justin Walker, died in an airplane crash in 2009.

Aaron and his wife, Tiffany, each pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for making false statements on a $295,600 residential loan application. Their sentencing has been postponed to an undetermined date.

Nine other Hymas family members or associates have been sentenced in related cases, including Michael J. Hymas, Shauntee K. Ferguson, Christopher R. Georgeson, Stanley J. Ferguson, Brent Bethers, Shane Merlin Hymas, Laurie Krechelle Hymas, Melody Covino Redondo and Paul Redondo.

Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell

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