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CLEVELAND -- A former FBI informant has been sentenced to more than four years in prison on his guilty plea in a second mortgage fraud case in Cleveland.

Paul Tomko, 40, of Cleveland was sentenced Thursday in federal court on counts including wire fraud in a $327,000 scam.

The government learned about the fraud when his probation officer in the earlier case discovered a mortgage business being run out of Tomko's home.

He had been put on probation for three years after pleading guilty in 2009 in a $1.2 million mortgage fraud case.

The earlier case involved scams similar to the ones that agents had paid him $27,000 to help investigate in 2007 and 2008.

Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Cleveland office, said "Paul Tomko has been sentenced, yet again, for being a fraudster to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars," Anthony said. "The FBI hopes he has finally learned his lesson."

Tomko pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud, two counts of wire fraud, one count of student loan fraud and one count of concealment.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko sentenced Tomko to 52 months in prison and ordered him to pay $327,044 in restitution.

Associated Press/WKYC-TV

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