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Texas Man Sentenced to Jail for Foreclosure Rescue Scam

An Austin, Texas, man was sentenced yesterday in the Western District of Texas to 61 months in prison and was ordered to forfeit $84,010 for his role in operating a foreclosure-rescue scam in Southern California and elsewhere that charged distressed homeowners fees in exchange for fraudulently delaying foreclosure sales. Frederic Alan Gladle, 53, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lee ... Read More »

Debt Relief Law Center Attorney Takes Cash to Modify Mortgages and Gets Disbarred Instead

A Los Angeles attorney accused of misappropriating $1.1 million from 10 clients has agreed to be disbarred, the State Bar announced Wednesday. In one of the largest misappropriation cases ever handled by the Office of Chief Trial Counsel, Vafa Allan Khoshbin [bar# 165486], 52, had promised clients he could get their first mortgages modified and their second mortgages settled for ... Read More »

Saen Higgins Alleged Wealth Without Risk Related Companies Nailed By FTC

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Not long ago I wrote about a relationship between the current Saen Higgins Wealth Without Risk infomercials and a possible tie between Higgins and one of the companies named in the FTC announcement below. You can read my previous article that shows the connection between entities named after Higgins and Family Products, Are Wealth Without Risk Informercials an Extension of ... Read More »

How Long After Bankruptcy Can I Buy a House?

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How long after bankruptcy can I buy a house? Well there is a question that people often want to know. They assume they will not be able to buy a home or get a mortgage after bankruptcy but that’s just not true. The reality is most people that claim you can’t get a mortgage after bankruptcy, don’t know what they ... Read More »

Foreclosure in America. The All Too Common Story of How Dreams Turn to Dirt.

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by Paul Kiel ProPublica Sheila Ramos’ grandsons, 10 and 13, started crying. They wanted to know where the house was. There wasn’t one. There was only a tent. They had flown from Florida, after Ramos had fallen hopelessly behind on the mortgage for her three-bedroom home, to this family-owned patch of rural land on Hawaii’s Big Island. There, on a ... Read More »

SC Law Group Sends Out Similar Mailer They Claim They Denounce

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The other day I did a story about SC Law Group, here. In that story I discovered that SC Law Group had the same core of lawyers that were associated with another firm, NHT Law Group, that was being sued by a mortgage company for sending out allegedly bogus mailers. The mortgage company suit said: At some point in December ... Read More »

Mitchell Stein Mass Joinder Lawyer Ordered to Pay Up And Called Defeated Puppy

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A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has ruled in favor of Brookstone Law PC and all other defendants in a significant court decision against embattled attorney Mitchell J. Stein by dismissing Stein’s $1 billion lawsuit against Brookstone and ordering Stein and other plaintiffs to pay all legal costs. The case is Legaspi v. Spivak Case BC469228 State of California, County ... Read More »

California Attorneys Arrested and Booked for Taking Money From Consumer for Mortgage Help

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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrests of the owners and managing attorney of a law firm that took thousands of dollars in up-front loan modification fees for services that were never performed for homeowners, many of whom ended up losing their ... Read More »

Update on Bankruptcy Filing of “Real Estate Scam” Mass Joinder King Philip Kramer

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I previously published this post on the initial chapter 7 bankruptcy filing for Kramer & Kaslow mass joinder attorney Philip Kramer. on February 22, 2011 Kramer filed the missing detailed schedules. But first I present to you this gem. So let’s take a look at how successful Philip Kramer was with the mass joinder efforts. Kramer’s bankruptcy filing contained about ... Read More »

Mitchell J. Stein Sues California AG Harris

Inactive California attorney Mitchell J. Stein has filed suit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Benjamin Diehl, and James Toma on February 27, 2012 in the Northern District of California. The case says it was filed by James Leickly, Esq but the email address of [email protected] seems to be likely associated with Eric Wittenberg, Esq who I wrote about in ... Read More »

Republican Presidential Candidates Not Specific on Help for Struggling Homeowners

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by Lois Beckett ProPublica As we’ve detailed, President Obama’s plans to help homeowners have come up short time and again. We recently looked at Obama’s latest proposals, most of which are unlikely to make a major dent in the crisis. So, how about the Republican presidential candidates: What do they say should be done about the foreclosure crisis? They don’t ... Read More »

Forgiven Debt from Mortgages May Soon be Taxed Again as Income Unless Congress Acts

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by Lois Beckett ProPublica You bought your house when the market was high and then lost your job. In order to avoid foreclosure, you negotiated a short sale for half of what you paid, ruining your credit rating for years and draining your bank account. But there is a tiny silver lining: Thanks to a 2007 law, you don’t have ... Read More »

Scam Alert – Beware of People Promising Help or Money From Mortgage Company Settlements

It appears consumers are receiving calls from telemarketers claiming they are eligible to receive part of the $25 billion settlement a number of states reached with mortgage servicers and foreclosure servicers. Callers are requesting the bank account information to direct deposit funds into the consumers account from the government settlement fund. It is a scam. Funds will not be deposited ... Read More »

Will Proposed Government Programs Really Help Homeowners?

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by Cora Currier ProPublica The Obama administration has recently unveiled a string of proposals to help struggling homeowners and get the housing market back on its feet2014 part of the administration’s “We Can’t Wait” election year to-do list. Of course, the White House has made big promises before about helping homeowners, only to see them disappoint time and again. Here ... Read More »

Mortgage Relief and Debt Relief Scammers Lose Yacht, Cadillac, and Rolex in Judgment

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The Federal Trade Commission has just announced some stiff penalties against participants in it’s action against U.S. Mortgage Funding, Debt Remedy Partners, LowerMyDebts.com, David Mahler, John Incandela, Jonathan Incandela, and Jamen Lachs. – Source At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court put the mortgage relief business permanently off limits to marketers who allegedly charged thousands ... Read More »

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