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Owings Mills Man faces 46-Count Mortgage Fraud Indictment

Prosecutor says additional charges are expected.

A 45-year-old Owings Mills man find himself charged with felony theft and other crimes in a 46-count indictment and a county prosecutor said more charges are likely.

Rodney Getlan was charged Thursday in Baltimore County Circuit Court with felony theft, mortgage fraud, operating as a credit service without a license and other related charges. He's being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Getlan is accused of stealing mortgage payments from nine customers of a loan modification business he ran between January 2009 and January 2012, according to court records.

The alleged thefts resulted in two homeowners losing their homes to foreclosures.

During that time, Getlan is alleged to have told the customers that they had been approved to have their mortgages modified. Homeowners believed their payments were going to lenders. Instead, the checks were deposited into accounts controlled by Getlan, according to court records.

Getlan used multiple bank accounts and fictitious company names and email addresses and fraudulent documents in his scheme. He also allegedly changed the contact information for the nine homeowners in order to prevent them from being notified of missed payments and impending foreclosures, according to court records.

Prosecutors estimate that Getlan stole more than $100,000 from his victims not including two owner-occupied homes that were sold in foreclosure auctions. Three other homeowners could lose their homes in similar foreclosure proceedings.

If convicted of all counts, Getlan could receive a maximum sentence 417 years in prison.

In February, Getlan pleaded to felony theft related to his loan modification business. He received a two-year suspended sentence and 18 months supervised probation.

He also is charged with burglary and theft in a separate case. He is scheduled for arraignment on those charges on March 27.

Lippe, the prosecutor in the Getlan case, said there are at least four-dozen additional victims. Those cases could result in additional charges against Getlan.

The victims in the cases live in states stretching from Maine to Virginia.

"They're all over the country," Lippe said. "It didn't matter to (Getlan). It's almost overwhelming."

No name April 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM
This article and comments should be about Rodney. let's try to keep opinions about his wife out of this. She has not been charged or accused of ANY wrong doing. It is Rodney's lack of judgement and scruples that should be discussed.
Rocoppola May 31, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Good god the JEWS are upset, Rodney was my insurance broker I just found out about this story from my new broker Rodney you were always an arrogant prick i hope you enjoy your stay! And his wife had the good life. Now she needs to get a JOB!
Jill's friend June 09, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Hey Spineless! I mean "anonymous". Say it to her face! Who died and left you judge and jury? You sound like a 2 faced-back stabbing "friend". I hope you get over yourself and come out of the "anonymous" back-stabbing closet soon so you can get what you deserve.
Jill's friend June 09, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Judge her after you've walked in her shoes.
Alina M June 17, 2012 at 07:56 PM
ACTUALLY, Jill IS moving her and her two children out of there current house and into a smaller, more affordable one. Please get your facts straight before making ridiculous assumptions.
Alina M June 17, 2012 at 08:05 PM
While Rodney was a felon and what he was dong was by no means the right thing to do, he cared about his daughters so much. You all will probably sit here and say "well if he cared he should have been doing what he did" but if you knew Rodney, you could see it in his face how much he loved those girls. He would do anything for them and all he was concerned about was being a good father. Not all of you know Rodney and his family like that, but I do and he was a genuinely good family man.
Alina M June 17, 2012 at 08:05 PM
**shouldn't
Herschel Hartz June 28, 2012 at 02:00 AM
My family's house is about to be foreclosed on because of Rodney getland's actions. I just hope we can redeem some of our lost monies with G-d's help. Please stop the bickering. Remember the victims.
Tim June 28, 2012 at 02:15 AM
best of luck to you Herschel.
TRUE TRUE July 07, 2012 at 09:56 AM
First and foremost, my thoughts and well wishes to you Herschel and all those hundreds of people he did this to! Second.. OF course she knew! Noone lives with someone for that long and hasn't an idea; if lifestyle changes so radically suddenly. Unless of course she is a complete idiot! Isn't she STILL living in the same BIG house?! WOW! Speaks volumes to her character; or lack there of! Just started working! HOW did she swing that?! LAZY!!! SELFISH and obviously lacking in moral character She tried to divorce him only to save her ASS and her lifestyle. Nothing more, nothing less.What scumbag! I've seen her out and around town... Looks like she has plenty of money for social events, when others are losing their homes! Nice touch!
TRUE TRUE July 07, 2012 at 09:58 AM
PROOF positive! If HE was a lifetime thief, and she was with him for that long, she KNEW!
Goneba Brown July 11, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Rodney Getlan scammed us for 27,000 dollars and i pray that God deal with him in his own way. Me and my family is battling to save our home. I hope we will get our money back. For you to be a so-called good father and family man, how can you do that to other people that loves and care for their daughters and sons and want what best for them. You took our trust away and you should be punish by the courts and a much higher court. As God is my witness you will pay. The bible says whatever you do to the least of mines it will be done to you. So you scam us and someone is going to do the same to you and your family. You are a lier and a cheat and may God have mercy upon your soul.
I hope he rots in HELL July 22, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Goneba - this scum also stole almost 30,000.00 from my family and we are most likley losing our home, I do not wish God to have any mercy on his soul and I dont care where his wife and children up - he knew what he was doing and he didnt care about our families or children I hope he rots in hell after he gets what he deserves in jail and I hope they give it to him good! I have never had so much hatred for anything ever.
Steve Kanter July 30, 2012 at 06:55 PM
He is a horrible man and thankfully he got caught. The problem here is that she is going to get away with it. She knew and knows. One of her daughters is at an expensive sleep away camp. She's still in the house. I don't for a minute think she is innocent.
Melvin B. September 04, 2012 at 08:21 PM
According to the MD Judiciary Case Search, Getlan has a court date scheduled for Wednesday, 9/5/12. Looks like he has some other criminal charge against him.
Joe September 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
The sad part to me is all those out there making such a large transaction, perhaps the largest in their lives, that have no clue how to handle it! If in doubt, hire an attorney for a few hundred dollars to go over the paper work. What's $200 when the transaction is hundreds of thousands?
Steve Kantor October 16, 2012 at 06:52 PM
You know.. her friends on here screaming and yelling with all this profanity.. classy ladies! But I think that you are screaming so loudly because you know it to be truth. BTW, with all of these people who have literally been thrown out on the streets losing their entire life investments and savings..Good ole' Rod gets 3 squares now and his wife is still living in HER home!
No name December 03, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Heard he got 25 years sentence today. Hope Rodney now gets the gravity of everything he's done to the victims as well as his family, now, he certainly has the time to learn from it.
Janet Metzner December 04, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Comments by Alina M and Neily J have been deleted because of profanity.
Anonymous Reader December 06, 2012 at 11:44 AM
He was a bully in high school. None of this surprises me. My heart goes out to the victims. He will at least have a roof over his head. Many of his victims no longer will have that. http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/i-team/Baltimore-County-man-sentenced-in-mortgage-fraud-case/-/10640252/17641238/-/nyem6l/-/index.html
Anonymous Reader December 06, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I'm Jewish. I know him from high school. He was a horrible person then. So mean - mean to others and so mean to me. He is one of my worst memories. He was a gambler back then, but for whatever reason, he had his supportive clique around him (who were also mean to me). So much arrogance even at 15 years of age. This has nothing to do with ethnicity, race, religion, or income. There are good people and bad people in every category I mentioned. He does not represent an entire category of people - an entire belief system or religion. We teach our children diversity, inclusion, tolerance, acceptance, compassion for everyone. Their religious beliefs and skin color are unimportant. What matters is how people treat others, and being committed to being a part of something bigger than yourself so that you leave this world in better shape than when you got here. I'm truly sorry for any pain that Rodney caused you. I wish you peace.
Gregg Roberts December 06, 2012 at 01:08 PM
What on earth is the connection with Jewish people to this story? ''Good god the JEWS are upset'' and ''I'm Jewish. I know him.'' Don't get it??!!
Gregg Roberts December 06, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Don't have any connection to this story but lots of mean spirited comments about this mans wife and kids. Didn't comments like this drive one of Madoff's kids to suicide. Also, from comments I am assuming he is of Jewish ethnicity. Unless I am missing something don't get the proper context of references like ''the Jews are upset''
Anonymous Reader December 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I was trying to make a point with Rocoppola that Rodney's actions have nothing to do with his religious affiliation. The fact that he is Jewish is completely irrelevant. Clearly Rocoppola is anti-semitic.
Old friend December 06, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Rodney was my friend from high school and I never knew him as a bully. He had a whole side to him that I was unaware of and although we had not been close in recent years, I still saw him on occasion. He was fun to be around and was a good friend in that he would be here when you needed him ie attending funerals and bday calls and so on. However, I did have any idea of his illicit Activities and when I did, I wanted nothing more to do with him. I do believe for what it's worth that Jill was unaware of his activities at least until it hit the fan. I am truly sorry for his victims and feel for them. It's hard to believe this is the same guy I was friends with...
FIFA December 06, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Welcome to the Patch Old friend.
Paulie Walnuts December 20, 2012 at 04:55 PM
What IS the other side of the story?
Paulie Walnuts December 20, 2012 at 04:56 PM
If he was concerned about being a good father, he would have taught his children right from wrong. You are a moron.
Paulie Walnuts December 20, 2012 at 05:02 PM
He was an a-hole. What comes around goes around. And he got it.
Carl Jenkins March 19, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Thanks to Rodney’s greedy ways, many people had to declare bk and it will take them years, if ever to recover from this financial nightmare. Luckily, he’s been locked up and if I’m not mistaken, it’s for good. His children and his parents must be so ashamed. I too knew Rodney years ago, and yes he was a bully then. But a thief is a different story. . I’m not so sure about his wife’s innocence. I think she had to have known something.. Either way, she seems to have moved on rather quickly. I would think that after that long of a marriage/relationship a person would take a little time to gather herself together, especially given the circumstances. But she did not. She’s got a new man who probably pays for everything. I don’t think she ever worked a hard day in her life! Is she working now? How does she afford to go out and do all that she does? What sacrifices has she had to make? She should be forced to sell that house, her car, etc…The profits should be distributed to some of the victims. Fruit of the poison tree. I hope those that lost so much can come out of this and hopefully even further along!

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