Published: Jan 17, 2014 12:52 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- David Hernandez, a man who posed as a realtor to steal almost $80,000 from unsuspecting victims, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by 15 years of probation. He was also ordered to pay $82,650 in restitution to the victims.

Hernandez stole deposits for homes that weren't even for sale. At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was submitted to the State Attorney's Office, which resulted in Hernandez being charged with first degree scheming to defraud and one count of uttering a forged instrument.

During the trial in December 2013, Hernandez pled to one count of first degree scheming to defraud and one count of third degree uttering a forged instrument. Both charges are felonies. Hernandez's victims testified at his sentencing hearing. One of the victims said she was unable to buy a home after being scammed by Hernandez and she lost her life savings.