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Florida Not Happy With Horizon Financial and Mader Law Group

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According to the Sun Sentinel out of Florida, the Florida AG is investigating a Florida debt relief company, Horizon Financial. According to state allegations the company was engaged in making solicitation calls that mislead and deceived consumers into thinking they were dealing with a U.S. Treasure Department foreclosure assistance program, when they were not.

Horizon Financial CEO Sean Batcheler offered this clarifying statement.

Horizon CEO Sean Batcheler said the Attorney General has asked to meet with company officials about how they were servicing clients but did not give any more details. Batcheler said Horizon never made spoofing calls under the fund’s name or number, and has not done mortgage loan modification work for more than a year.

“We are strictly debt settlement now. And there are quite a few unscrupulous people in that business,” he said. – Source

Apparently the Florida AG’s office is also looking to issues surrounding alleged advanced or upfront fees being charged for foreclosure services. The Mader Law Group. Tampa attorney Eric Mader is also the manager of American Financial Law Group.


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10 Comments

  • Mader & Associates also scammed me for money, did nothing but collect paperwork and tell me loan modification and short sale process was advancing.  Eventually, I called my bank and they nothing, had heard nothing from Mader & Associates.  Foreclosure is set for Dec 2012.  Scam legal firm, stay away from Mader & Associates.  I plan to file a complaint with Florida State Attorney’s office.

  • I tried getting in touch with scott kozy…no response..I am frantic because I too paid $3,000
    and it has been 6 mos…last time I received a update was 6/18/2012

    I am now having to file bankruptcy…shameless..

    R. Orozco

  • Anthony I AM A VICTIM ALSO THEY DROPED ME FOR NOT HAVING ALL OF MY DOCUMENTS WHEN WE SENT THEM THREE TIMES WOULD NOT ANSWER CALLS WOULD NOT RETURN CALLS THEAY ALSO DEBITED MY BANK ACCOUNT FOR EXTRA 930.00 THEAY ARE SCAM ARTIST AND THIEVES I WILL NOT STOP TILL I GET MY MONEY  BACK

      • I am currently with the Mader Law Firm.  They have had my package since mid April 2012.  They tell me they submitted my loan modification file to my lender, but when I call my lender they say they do not have it.  Did you ever talk to a person by the name of Brad.  Steve is my rep. 

        •  I can not speak about anyone else’s experience or Mader Law in general.  However, two individuals lied to me on at least two different occasions. I am not saying that the following is related.  However, a case related to identity theft and my information suspiciously occurred about the time I would have been foreclosed upon if I hadn’t paid my mortgage bill.  I was able to recover my money with the help of my bank.  I would review the information on the Florida Attorney Generals website and make your decision.  It wouldn’t be a bad idea to check your credit report and set up a credit fraud alert with all 3 credit reporting companies. Watch your mail for multiple letters from the IRS or credit granting agencies with other names.

  • I’m having the same problem with them.  They took $3000 from me and my house is now up for auction on 1/27/12…and they won’t return my calls.

  • I’M A VICTIM TOO…..PAYED THEM 2800.00 IN JUNE 2010…APRIL 2011 THEY TOLD ME
    I DIDN’T QUALIFY FOR A MODIFICATION….THEY HAVE A MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
    WELL ITS JAN.2012 I STILL DO NOT HAVE MY MONEY BACK THEY WONT ANSWER THE PHONE EITHER..SHAME ON YOU MADER LAW GROUP

  • Wrong, they are still selling loan modification “help” under Mader Law Group of which Sean Batcheler is the CO.   Still doing a really bad job of it too.   Scam artist.

  • Wrong, they are still selling loan modification “help” under Mader Law Group of which Sean Batcheler is the CO.   Still doing a really bad job of it too.   Scam artist.

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