- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A J.P. Morgan Chase banker who acknowledged taking bribes to influence mortgage sales has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Lynda Sanabria of Rockwall, Texas also got six months of home confinement at her sentencing Monday in San Diego federal court.

She pleaded guilty last fall to conspiracy to commit bank bribery and tax evasion.

In her plea deal, Sanabria acknowledged taking $200,000 from San Diego businessman Israel Hechter and his associates to provide inside information about bidding on mortgages that Chase sold on the secondary market.

Authorities say that helped ensure Hechter won the bids. He then pooled the mortgages and sold shares to investors.

Hechter pleaded guilty to federal charges and awaits sentencing along with three other people.

Two others were sentenced to prison, fines and restitution.

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