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Talk Show Host And Financial Advisor Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme

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Wednesday marked the announcement that Anthony Cutaia was sentenced to 51 months in prison for mail fraud “Ponzi” investment scheme. Cutaia had pled guilty in July 2011 to Count 2 of a Criminal Information filed in June 2011, which charged him with mail fraud in connection with his participation in a real estate investment scheme from 2003 to 2006, in ... Read More »

Six Hundred Out Of $74 Million In Ponzi Scheme

Douglas Vaughan faces 10 to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to wire and mail fraud charges that involved his operation of a “Ponzi” scheme where he defrauded around 600 investors of more than $74 million. Vaughan promised extraordinary returns which he obviously did not follow through with. In February of 2011, in an indictment alleging that, between 2005 ... Read More »

Florida’s Foreclosure Solution Specialists Operators Charged With Fraud

Earlier this month it was announced that Lisa Wright, Cathy Saffer and Carrington Coombs were all charged with fraud in a Florida foreclosure rescure scheme. Wright and Saffer were charged with conspiracy to defraud homeowners and banks in a foreclosure rescue scheme. Coombs, a certified public accountant, was also charged as a participant in the scheme. A federal grand jury ... Read More »

Fraudulent Rescue / Equity Skim Scheme Costs Dozens Over $6.2 Million

Between 2006 and 2008 real estate agent, Joanne Seeley, defrauded 34 homeowners and 14 mortgage companies in Pennsylvania out of more than $6.2 million in a fraudulent Foreclosure Rescue/Equity Skim scheme. Seeley was found guilty earlier this month on four counts of wire fraud and four counts of money laundering; each punishable by a maximum 20 years in prision and ... Read More »

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 »

Homeowners In Financial Distress Lose Over $1.2 Million To Mortgage “Rescue” Fraud

To the tune of a MasterCard commercial: $4.7 million in fradulent mortgage loans… $944,224 lost by lenders…. $1.2 million lost in equity to homeowners…. Shameful. Mary Ann Dean and Charles Donaldson pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme of Sunset Mortgage Company. Dean was a loan originator and operator ... 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 »

I Invested in Real Estate Using Credit Card Convenience Checks. – Tina

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“Dear Steve, I borrowed about $40,000 from 4 credit card companies after they kept sending me convenient checks with teaser rates. I had learned from a real estate seminar that this is the way to invest in real estate using other people’s money. I also used some of the money to invest in the stock market. Unfortunately, given the financial ... Read More »

I’m Trying to Buy a House But I Have a Judgment Against Me. – Tony

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Tony “Dear Steve, I dont understand what you are wanting to know on this. Ok short story im buying a house. The title company tells me there is a judgement against me the judgement was put on Nov 30 1999 so i called the company they have no clue what Im talking about and im not in collections. I live ... Read More »

How Bad is Bankruptcy? Should I Wait to File Until My Home is Foreclosed? – Trudy

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Trudy “Dear Steve, My son was diagnosed with Leukemia had bone marrow trasplant medical bills out the ying yang. I make my living as a Realtor but with no work and an economy that is shattered I lived off credit cards for two years so I could be full time caretaker to my son who is finally this fall gone ... Read More »

I’m a Realtor and Drowning in Debt. – Sharon

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“Dear Steve, Due to downturn in housing market, my job as a Realtor was almost eliminated. My $160,000 annual commissions went down to less than $20,000 gross. All the costs associated with being a Realtor still applied. I used all my savings, retirement, insurance cash value, to survive. When that was gone, I used the extensive lines of credit that ... Read More »

My Husband and I Are Considering Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Oklahoma. – Amber

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Amber “Dear Steve, My husband and I are considering filing chapter 7 bankruptcy in Oklahoma. The only thing that I have in my name is $5,000 worth of property. My grandparents gave it to me and the way the deed is wrote up is that I can’t ever sell it. It can only be passed down to the family or ... Read More »

My Husband Was Laid Off and We Lost Our Six Figure Income. – Cindy

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“Dear Steve, In Nov. ’07 my husband was laid off as a homebuilding superintendent. His salary was 6 figures, we were in the middle of a huge remodel on our home. The bank stopped making loans to the buyers of his homes, the job site (an entirely new community) was shutdown, he was laid off after 20+ years in the ... Read More »

I’m a Realtor and Have Never Missed a Payment, Until Now. – Frank

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Frank “Dear Steve, I have $59,000 in unsecured debt. My credit history is very good. I have never been late on any payments. I lost my job of 21 years about 5 years ago and started a new career in real-estate. the last year has killed me and I fear that I will miss payments in the near future. I ... Read More »

Josy Writes “My Real Estate Business Is Going Down The Drain”

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Josy “Dear Steve, I am in the Real Estate Business. We are also a General Contractor. We currently have close to 4 million dollars in property, but have 1 million dollars in debt. But with the curent economy situation, we have found ourselves in a rut. With little money to build and lots of property we know that if we ... Read More »

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