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California AG Arrests Three, Including Public Notary, in Mortgage Elimination Scam

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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of three suspects who have been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme targeting struggling Northern California homeowners. Six websites allegedly used by the suspects to advertise their scheme have been intercepted and redirected to a resource page on the California Attorney General’s website. The felony complaint alleges that Ronald Vernon Cupp, ... Read More »

CFPB Rolls Our New Mortgage Rules to Help Consumers

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has just announced new rules that are aimed at mortgage servicing companies from lessons learned during this most recent mortgage meltdown crisis we are living through. While smaller banks and credit unions are exempt from these rules, the big loan servicing companies, those that service 5,000 or more loans, will have to fall in line. ... Read More »

Smart Credit Group – Dumbest Promises I’ve Seen Recently

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As part of my efforts to protect consumers, I poke around and look at advertisements and sales claims by debt relief companies. The help wanted ads are a great way to see who is motivated first by money rathe than offering exceptional consumer advice. Take for example the two advertisements today for a group called Smart Credit Group. The ads ... Read More »

Fidelity Land Trust, Ed Cherry, Larry Diodato, and Paul Gallenbeck Back in the News

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Kimberly Miller of the Palm Beach Post has written yet another article about the events surrounding the attempted fancy pants cancellation of mortgages in Florida by several known or even notorious, debt relief players. The summary of recent court opinions about the efforts of the individuals and/or enterprise is certainly not favorable. Conspiracy theorists will say this is because of ... Read More »

Billions Now Available for Foreclosure Victims. Banks to Notify Consumers.

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Ten mortgage servicing companies subject to enforcement actions for deficient practices in mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing have reached an agreement in principle with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Board to pay more than $8.5 billion in cash payments and other assistance to help borrowers. The sum includes $3.3 billion in ... Read More »

Congress Extends Tax Relief for Forgiven Mortgage Debt Into 2013

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A reader sent in this great news for those that might be short selling their homes or have a tax liability due to forgiven mortgage debt. The previous tax forgiveness program was due to expire at the end of 2012. Apparently Congress continued it for one more year. “Of most interest to real estate, the bill would extend mortgage cancellation ... Read More »

How to Modify Your Mortgage for Free

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I’ve seen and covered so many mortgage modification scams that I wanted to show you how you can save yourself from being scammed, save thousands and modify your mortgage for free. Before you launch into paying anyone thousands for mortgage modification assistance you should explore your free options first. It’s important to know there is no law that requires any ... Read More »

National Relief Hotline – Not What You Think

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Early this morning I was watching television when the same commercial for National Relief Hotline began running over and over. It caught my attention. It’s important for consumers who see the commercial for National Relief Hotline to understand what exactly it is. The commercial promotes the company can assist consumers who are dealing with: Foreclosure Denied Loan Modification Missed Mortgage ... Read More »

Chase Bank Alleged Fraud Executive Responsible for Foreclosure Victim Compensation

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by Paul Kiel ProPublica An executive who the Justice Department says facilitated a scheme to defraud Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is now spearheading JPMorgan Chase’s role in the government’s program to compensate victims of the big banks’ abusive foreclosure practices. The executive, Rebecca Mairone, worked at Countrywide and Bank of America from 2006 until earlier this year, when she ... Read More »

Crazy Ass Lawsuit Filed by Spire Law Group on Behalf of Consumers Against Alleged Bank Conspirators

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As an investigative journalist and consumer reporter I’ve read a number of lawsuits, probably in the thousands at this point. But a suit sent to me this morning by a tipster (send in your tips here) has to be among one of the strangest I’ve seen. The underlying legal foundation of the case might be sound and the Plaintiffs might ... Read More »

Consumer Cries Foul Over Mortgage Reduction Mailer

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A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a mailer they just received from the Administrative Offices of Payment Reduction Service. Whatever that is? Their concern was that the mailer was unsolicited marketing for a mortgage they no longer have. That caused them to investigate the mailer further. The mailer does not identify who the sender is but does ... Read More »

Doubts Spread About Independent Foreclosure Reviews

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by Paul Kiel ProPublica The idea behind the Independent Foreclosure Review seems simple. During the peak of the foreclosure crisis, the banks broke laws and made errors that hurt homeowners. In response, the government mandated they compensate the victims. But there is growing evidence some banks are playing a major role in identifying the victims of their own abuses, raising ... Read More »

California Bar Nails Another Attorney Collecting Fees for Loan Modifications

The State Bar of California has filed disciplinary charges against a Garden Grove attorney accused of taking illegal advanced fees from distressed homeowners and partnering with non-lawyers in a large-scale loan modification scheme. Stephen Lyster Siringoringo [Bar # 264161] has been charged with 25 counts of misconduct including collecting advance fees for loan modification services, forming a partnership with a ... Read More »

U.S. Attorney Charges Wells Fargo With Mortgage Fraud

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A loyal reader sent in a tip about a recent suit by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney against Wells Fargo Bank over mortgage fraud. Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Helen Kanovsky, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”), and David A. Montoya, Inspector General of HUD, announced today ... Read More »

ProPublica Raises Concerns Over Bank of America’s Foreclosure Review Process

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by Paul Kiel ProPublica Late last year, the country’s bank regulators launched a massive program to evaluate millions of foreclosure cases and compensate homeowners who fell victim to the banks’ flawed or illegal practices. Regulators dubbed it the “Independent Foreclosure Review” to emphasize that the banks would not be making key decisions about loans they had made or serviced. But ... Read More »

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