Broker stripped of license, fined $75K for forging termite reports

Kyle David Ashworth was the top-producing Coldwell Banker agent in all of Utah in 2012. Now he’s a convicted felon, stripped of his license by the Utah Real Estate Commission and given two years to pay a $75,000 fine once he’s settled into a new career (he can reapply for a real estate license in Utah in five years).

What happened? Ashworth, 31, pleaded guilty in August to eight counts of forgery and six counts of communications fraud, admitting that he forged the signatures of two developers and the owner of a pest control company on documents that were sent to mortgage lenders. Ashworth’s attorney says all of the homes have now had the appropriate treatment and none had termite problems. The judge in the case suspended a five-year prison sentence and ordered him to do 30 days in county jail instead. Source: