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Washington State Goes After 40 Companies in Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue Fraud

Thanks to a reader we learn about the State of Washington taking an aggressive and bold step against companies selling mortgage foreclosure rescue assistance. This action includes a number of actions against attorneys which are apparently not licensed to practice in the state. “Since 2009, DFI has charged an ever-increasing number of unlicensed businesses with preying upon desperate homeowners who ... Read More »

New Life Financial Solutions, 1st United Consultants, and Expense Management America Exposed by Get Out of Debt Guy and Nailed by FTC

As far back as early 2011, the GetOutOfDebt.org site has been publishing information about and warning consumers about suspicious and concerning practices by a number of interrelated companies promising financial help and foreclosure relief. These schemes were not uncovered by the site alone. Readers and insiders also sent in critical information that led to the unraveling of the operations. From ... Read More »

Mortgage Modification and Foreclosure Rescue Companies Hammered by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has announced some sweeping actions to protect homeowners that have been harmed by companies promising mortgage assistance but who allegedly only took money and ultimately didn’t deliver the help and outcomes promised. Prime Legal Plans/Reaching U Network. The FTC alleged that from at least mid-2010, the defendants behind this scheme marketed mortgage relief services in English ... Read More »

California Man Arrested Who Had Consumers Deed Property to Trust to Lower Mortgage

Alan David Tikal, 44, of Brentwood, Contra Costa County, Calif., was arrested on Friday at his home on a complaint charging him with mail fraud for masterminding a multistate scam that defrauded distressed homeowners, announced the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin ... Read More »

Realty Attorney Group APC and Realty Group & Consulting Seized in California

The State Bar of California announced today it has shut down the operations of an Ontario lawyer who allowed his name and law license to be used in a scheme to defraud distressed homeowners. The bar obtained a court order (attached) this morning to assume jurisdiction over the law practice of Gary David Tracy, 50, (bar # 167212). His firm, ... Read More »

Certified Forensic Loan Auditors Offers Quiet Title Class

A readers sent in a link to an upcoming class on “Achieving Principal Reductions with Lenders by Creating Leverage,” a class on mortgage securitization and quiet title actions. – Source It’s an interesting class to see, especially as hard as the Florida Attorney General hit some land trust companies in Florida this week who were selling quiet title debt relief. ... Read More »

Details on Florida Attorney General Lawsuit Against Fidelity Land Trust, Ed Cherry, Larry Diodato and Others

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The following is additional information about the complaint filed against Edward Cherry, Lawrence Diodato, Paul Gellenbeck, Shane Frankovic, Anthony C. Pintsopoulos, The Fidelity Land Trust Company, LLC, The Sunshine State Land Trust Company, LLC, Florida Land Trust Services, LLC, Growth Capital Funding, LLC, August Belmont And Company, LLC, Esquire Litigation Support, LLC, Click Media Consulting, LLC doing business as Florida ... Read More »

Fidelity Land Trust, Ed Cherry, Larry Diodato, Paul Gallenbeck, and Others Named in Florida AG Suit to Shut Them Down

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The Palm Beach post today is reporting the Florida Attorney General has filed a 45 page suit against some familiar names to readers of this site. The defendants include Edward Cherry, August Belmont & Company, Lawrence Diodato, Fidelity land Trust, Shane Frankovic, Anthony Pintsopoulos, Click Media Consulting, Florida Home Rescue Mission, Esquire Litigation Support, Growth Capital Funding, Sunshine State Land ... Read More »

NC AG Warns Consumers About Community Mortgage Assistance Program, Lender Exchange, and Tidewater Financial

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A tipster (send in your tips here) has alerted me that North Carolina has recently taken action against some foreclosure rescue companies. Three North Carolina companies that claim to help people win lower mortgage payments and save their homes from foreclosures are instead ripping off homeowners and must be shut down, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday. “These schemes promise ... Read More »

Consumer First Legal Group Concerns Raised by Reader

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We recently received a tip from a reader that made some claims about Consumer First Legal Group. The tipster (send in your tips here) said: “im sure you already have the jump on a few things. but in case you dont LHDR – The Mortgage Law Group now go by “Consumer First Legal Group”. They are playing the shell game ... Read More »

State of Washington Seniors Warned to Watch for Fake Reverse Mortgage Sales People

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The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is joining the Washington State Departments of Veterans Affairs and Revenue in warning consumers about complaints they’ve received from seniors who say they’ve received calls from solicitors posing as state agents for a senior property tax relief program. The Department of Revenue learned Washington seniors are complaing that they have been contacted by solicitors ... Read More »

Attorney Withdraws From Rampart MMW – Omni Home Solutions Bankruptcy to Shield Homeowners

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A tipster (send in your tips here) alerted me that last week, Monica L. Montgomery, Esq, withdrew as the attorney representing Rampart MMW in their recent bankruptcy filing they sold access to consumers in to hopefully stop home foreclosure. Montgomery filed the chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 20th and I previously covered that filing and a former client spoke out ... Read More »

Good News on Mortgage Delinquencies. Down Again.

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Recent data out about mortgage delinquencies shows an encouraging sign, defaults are down again. The national mortgage delinquency rate (the rate of borrowers 60 or more days past due) dropped for the second consecutive quarter, declining to 5.49% in Q2 2012. The mortgage delinquency rate has now dropped nearly 9% in the first six months of this year. This information ... Read More »

The Effect of Bankruptcy on Your Mortgage.

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What most residential mortgage borrowers do not understand is the a bankruptcy only discharges personal debt. A bankruptcy will not eliminate a security interest in property. In reality, a bankruptcy discharge may have no effect whatsoever on a borrower in relation to the mortgage if the debt is a non-recourse debt. To truly understand the effect of bankruptcy discharge on ... Read More »

Mortgage Modification Company Former Owner Facing 80 years in Jail

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Isaak Khafizov, a former owner of American Home Recovery (AHR), a mortgage loan modification business, was found guilty yesterday in Manhattan federal court of conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud distressed homeowners and lenders. Khafizov was convicted after a ten-day jury trial presided over by U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels. He was ... Read More »

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