A former college professor who was working as an FBI informant investigating mortgage fraud was sentenced to four years and four months in prison Thursdsay for hatching his own mortgage fraud scheme, The Plain Dealer reports .
Paul Tomko asked for leniency but got none from U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko.
Tomko pleaded guilty in March to five charges, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
While Tomko pocketed about $100,000 by filing liens for work not performed, he also was working as an FBI agent from 2006-09, helping agents target fraudulent appraisers.
“How ironic,” the judge said. “While you’re helping the FBI you’re gutting the public.”