The only trial to come out of Bakersfield's $30 million Crisp & Cole Real Estate mortgage fraud case is expected to focus on whether the woman who prosecutors say was the firm's No. 3 person understood what she was doing there was illegal.
Julie Dianne Farmer denies preparing the fraudulent mortgage applications at the heart of the case, saying she had a limited role in a very busy office. She maintains her biggest fault was putting too much trust in her bosses.
"Julie Farmer acted in good faith in all her actions while employed at Crisp and Cole," her Fresno defense attorney, Tony Capozzi, said in a written statement.
"She was not aware of any fraudulent activity or of any conspiracy during her employment. Crisp and Cole was the first real estate company that Ms. Farmer ever worked for. She was taught by people with far more knowledge and experience in the real estate industry."
Farmer is the only one of 15 defendants in the case without a plea deal.
Bakersfield Californian, 4/5/14. The trial starts Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. before Judge O'Neill in Fresno. U.S. v. Farmer, No. 1:11-CR-0026-LJO.