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First Ever Central Florida Law Firm To Be Forced To Resign From BBB

KEL law firm, formally Kaufman, Englett & Lynd, has been forced to resign from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central Florida. The resignation of this Orlando based law firm marks “the first area law firm to be ousted in the business-rating agency’s 27-year history.” Apparently the BBB has complained that over the past year KEL has failed to resolve ... Read More »

Transcontinental Warranty Fake Auto-Service Warranties Lands Execs In Prison

After pitching $40 million in fake auto-service warranties two former telemarketing executives are sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $15,000 each. Christopher Cowart and Cris Sagnelli of Florida pleaded guilty last December to federal fraud charges arising out of the telemarketing sales practices of Transcontinental Warranty, a Florida company selling so called “auto warranties” through robo ... Read More »

Treasury Reports An 88 Percent Increase In Mortgage-Fraud Since 2010

Banks are re-examining loans that took place during the housing boom and are now finding problems which has resulted in a large jump of reported mortgage-fraud. Reports are showing an 88 percent jump in the second quarter according to the Treasury Department. “Most of the mortgages suspected of fraud closed during the height of the real-estate bubble, the financial-crimes division ... Read More »

Pharmacist Sentenced To Nearly 5 Years In Prison For Medicaid Fraud

Healthcare fraud and money laundering? Again? Sure, why not. John Love has been sentenced to 51 months in jail for laundering money and defrauding the healthcare system. Love apparently used taxpayer’s money to live well beyond his means and his sentence is meant to make it clear to others defrauding the system that there is zero tolerance for this type ... Read More »

Alleged Obstruction Of Justice Of Attorney And Client In $188 Million Fraud

At one point in time attorney, Fredrick Cuppy, represented the former owner and chief executive, Peter Rogan, of the bankrupt Edgewayer Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Cuppy has now been arrested on federal charges flaming that he and his onetime client, Rogam committed perjury and obstruction of justice to prevent efforts by the government and a bank creditor to ... Read More »

New Jersey Commodity Pool Operator And Day Trader Faces 55 Years For Two Separate Schemes

Victor Cilli pleaded guilty on October 3, 2011 to an Information charge against him with one count of securities fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of tax evasion. Cilli was a commodity pool operator and day trader in New Jersey and directed two schemes to defraud investors and financial institutions out of about $2 ... Read More »

We Just Got Hit With a Judgment for a 12 Year Old Debt in Florida. – Bill

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“Dear Michael, Assignee of credit card issuer got judgment against my son in 1998 and recorded it in July 1998. Nothing happened for over ten years. In 2010 they filed a motion to garnish his pay, which was the first he knew of the judgment. I believe they were required to renew the judgment after five or seven years, which ... Read More »

Law Firm Makes it Part of Their Practice to Go After Debt Relief Companies

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A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me the link for the Legal Assistance Center in Florida that now has a defined part of their practice to go after what they call, “credit scams.” The page describing this part of their practice says: Many debt relief and loan modification companies simply charge large upfront fees with promises that are ... Read More »

How Do They Calculate Your Chapter 13 Payment in Florida? – Bart

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“Dear Lewis, 60,000 in credit card dept, mortage is up to date,wages have gone down for both my wife and me. credit cards for two years used for food and gas after saving were gone in chapter 13 how do they figure your disposable income (fl) that you will pay creditors, and how can i find out if it would ... Read More »

Finances of Florida Charter Boat Captain, Sinking – Roberta

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Roberta “Dear Steve, My significant other has experienced 3 years of slow business and has accumulated credit card debt to pay bills in the amount of $260,000.00. He was hoping that business would improve, however the economy has caused him to go further in debt. He lives in Florida so his home is protected, however if he files for bankruptcy ... Read More »

I Think We Lost Our Florida Homestead Protection on Our House for Bankruptcy. – Mayra

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Mayra “Dear Steve, Husband took a job out of state, we had to get drivers license changed to new state in order for son who goes to college in another state could stay under our auto insurance.This establishes residency in new state. This has resulted in losing our homestead on our home in our home state(Fl). We own that home ... Read More »

Will the American Mortgage Company Chase My Son to the British Channel Islands? – Linda

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“Dear Steve, I am trying to help my Son/Daughter in law with their American Mortgage My Son/Daughter in law got caught up in a Florida buy from plan scheme and ended up with an American mortgage for $350,000 They live in Jersey in the Channel Islands, both have lost their high paying salaries and now have a third of the ... Read More »

Florida Attorney General Wants Debt Settlement Companies to Put Up Before You Pay Up

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that he has co-sponsored a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), asking it to amend a federal rule that would require debt relief service companies to provide services before collecting any fees. The letter was also sponsored by the Attorneys General of Illinois, Maryland, and Washington. Debt relief is an umbrella term ... Read More »

I Have a Florida Time Barred Debt Issue. – Sally

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“Dear Steve, Bit complicated. Am aware of time barred et al in Florida a note for $5, 000 secured by the promise that when property sold it would be paid note dated in 2000 was meant to honor the loan made by a friend. my property was due to be sold in 2007 by a sales agreement. we also fixed ... Read More »

The Emotional Toll of Financial Problems

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A nice article from Fort-Myers, Florida, that has been especially hard hit by the economic problems facing us, highlights the emotional toll that bankruptcy can take on people. As the article points out, those that are facing financial problems today are facing failure for the first time in their adult life. Dealing with the feelings of failure can lead to ... Read More »

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