Anthony Symmes spent 25 years turning himself into the largest home builder in the Chico area, but by the fall of 2006 he had a problem. The real estate market was going under, and the 59-year-old Paradise man had 62 new homes he couldn't unload. So, federal officials said Friday, Symmes hatched a plan with a friend, an unlicensed mortgage broker named Garret Griffith Gililland III, who had ties to one of the country's biggest mortgage and investment scams.