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Housing & Economic Recovery Program PL 110-289 Mailer – Scam

A tipster (send in your tips here) has just sent in a new mailer that is labeled Housing & Economic Recovery Program (PL 110-289). It turns out this is just the latest version of a similar mailer I covered before in my story Deceptive Mailer – Housing & Economic Recovery Program (PL 110-289.

Inside the mailer it gives a web address of MortgageReliefUS.com to contact for “pre qualification verification.”

MortgageReliefUS.com is owned by:

Chad Gettel
1605 East Millcreek
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106
cgettel@ccbrownlaw.com

ccbrownlaw.com leads to the law offices of CC Brown and at the address listed in the mailer.

193 E Fort Union Blvd
Suite 300
Midvale, UT 84047

CC Brown is identified by the Utah Bar as Charles Craig Brown at the address above. – Source

CC Brown Law currently has a C+ rating with the BBB. – Source

The mailer is disturbing in that it firstly does not identify on the outside this is a legal advertisement or the name of the law firm or lawyer. It only mentions the name of the law firm in the smallest type on the inside.

Every written communication from a lawyer soliciting professional employment from a prospective client and with whom the lawyer has no family relationship, prior or current professional relationship, or close personal friendship, shall prominently include the words Advertising Material on the outside envelope, if any, and at the beginning of the communication. – Source

Secondly that it attempts to deceive the recipient into believing this is an official or government mailer, when it is not. It is an advertising piece designed to sell the consumer services.

The mailer contains a message on the front that says it is a Pre-Qualification Notice: Economic Stimulus Act of 2009 but there is one big issue, there is no such act.

The inside of the mailer appears to promise principal and interest reduction, delinquent mortgage payment assistance, and foreclosure suspension.


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The CC Brown website listed the following lawyers as being associated with the firm and thus this mailer. – Source

Arizona
Elizabeth Sawyer

California
Wilford Lee
193 East 7200 South Suite 300
Midvale, UT 84047

Colorado
Mccall Law Group
193 East 7200 South Suite 300
Midvale, UT 84047

Connecticut
Daniel Goldsmith Ruggiero
1 Fieldstone Drive
Rynham, MA 02767
(339) 237-0343

Ira M. Turner
6 Franks Court
Wallingford, CT 06492
(860) 227-7841

George E. Hill
44 Hyde Avenue
Vernon, CT 06066
(860) 218-8092

Washington D.C.
Jim Bowman
3781 Westerre Parkway Suite F
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 519-0879

Ryan Duffy Sullivan
514 Meford St
Sharlestown, MA 02129
(781) 316-6634

Florida
Owen Myers
P.O. Box 323
Gotha, FL 33734

Hawaii
Everett Walton
190 Keawe Street Suite 27
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Illinois
Adam Tracy
552 South Washington Street Suite 221
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 536-8703

Indiana
Ryan Worden
(317) 222-1997

Iowa
J.D. Haas
8151 33rd Avenue South Suite 208
Bloomington, MN 55425

Louisiana
Jonathan DeTrinis
4600 South Prieur
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 994-5500

Taetrece Harrison
105 Wilshire Street
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 914-5885

Maine
Daniel Goldsmith Ruggiero
1 Fieldstone Drive
Rynham, MA 02767

Maryland
Ryan Duffy Sullivan
514 Medford Street
Sharlestown, MA 02129
(781) 316-6634

Massachusetts
Keith Durden
Carril Building 24 Adams Street
Suite 4
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 328-4844

Ryan Duffy Sullivan
514 Medford Street
Sharlestown, MA 02129
(781) 316-6634

Michigan
Andrew Peterson
1475 West Big Beaver Road Suite 214
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 530-0410

Andrew Peterson
1475 West Big Beaver Road Suite 214
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 530-0410

Missouri
Daniel Allen
506 North Oak Trafficway
Gladstone, MO 64118
(816) 842-3328
lawoffice@bankruptcylawyerkc.com

Nebraska
J.D. Haas
8151 33rd Avenue South Suite 208
Bloomington, MN 55425

New York
Daniel Goldsmith Ruggiero
1 Fieldstone Drive
Rynham, MA 02767
(339) 237-0343
druggieroesq@hotmail.com

North Carolina
Brent F. King
9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive Suite 306
Huntersville, NC 28078
Office: (704) 896-3070
Cell: (704) 746-7123
brentsking@gmail.com

North Dakota
J.D. Haas
8151 33rd Avenue South Suite 208
Bloomington, MN 55425
jdhaas@jdhaas.com

Ohio
David W. Orlandini
140 Commerce Park Drive Suite C
Westeville, Ohio 43082
(614) 901-9600
david@bradiganlaw.com

Douglas Howard
218 Holly Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 229-9034
DCHoward5@yahoo.com

Oklahoma
Rob Newark
P.O. Box 2851
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
(405) 819-6128
rcnewark3@yahoo.com

Oregon
Chris Schwindt
621 SW Morrison Suite 700
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 546-0141
chris@srlfirm.com

Rhode Island
Daniel Goldsmith Ruggiero
1 Fieldstone Drive
Rynham, MA 02767
(339) 237-0343
druggieroesq@hotmail.com

South Dakota
J.D. Haas
8151 33rd Avenue South Suite 208
Bloomington, MN 55425
jdhaas@jdhaas.com

Tennessee
Dan Morse
193 East 7200 South Suite 300
Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 265-8500

Texas
Rob Newark
P.O. Box 2851
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
(405) 819-6128
rcnewark3@yahoo.com

Virginia
Ryan Duffy Sullivan
514 Medford Street
Sharlestown, MA 02129
(781) 316-6634

Washington
Chris Schwindt
621 SW Morrison Suite 700
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 546-0141
chris@srlfirm.com

Wisconsin
J.D. Haas
8151 33rd Avenue South Suite 208
Bloomington, MN 55425
jdhaas@jdhaas.com

Nevada
Vic Perri
193 East 7200 South Suite 300
Midvale, UT 84047

New Hampshire
Ryan Duffy Sullivan
514 Medford Street
Sharlestown, MA 02129
(781) 316-6634

New Jersey
Daniel Goldsmith Ruggiero
1 Fieldstone Drive
Rynham, MA 02767
(339) 237-0343
druggieroesq@hotmail.com

Wardell Huff
1425 K Street NW, Suite 350
Washington DC, 20005
(866) 784-7177
info@whufflaw.com

P.O. Box 6072
East Market Street
Leesburg, VA 21078

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New Mexico
Eric N. Ortiz 1112 Dartmouth
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 720-0070
ericortizesq@gmail.com

The mailer instructs consumers to call 1-888-862-7844 or fax information to 801-993-0840.

My advice for anyone receiving this mailer is for them to understand it is designed to be something it is not and it is an advertising piece designed to sell you services, not deliver eligible benefits for free.


Damon Day - Pro Debt Coach

Update 8-4-2012

Dear Sir,

You have an article on your website regarding CC Brown.

You have shown my legal practice as being associated with CC Brown.

It is not. Further, I am not in the debt management nor am I in the debtor representation business.

I must ask (and actually insist) that you remove my name and address.

This content is defamatory, as it is derogatory to my practice and is not true.

I have been alerted to this webpage as I have received an inquiry from a debtor.

As a journalist, I’m sure you are aware of a need to report accurately and truthfully.

Accordingly, I believe you have an ethical duty to take the entire article regarding CC Brown down.

Regardless, you are incurring legal liability with the posting, which may be easily remedied.

Therefore, please remove any reference to my legal practice from your website.

I need to have this down by Monday at the latest.

Please also provide assurance that this will be removed by Saturday.

If you fail to address this matter, I will be required to take action against you.

Among other things, this action may include notifying all other attorneys that are mentioned as well as proceeding in my local jurisdiction.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

The Law Office of Ira M. Turner, LLC
6 Franks Court
Wallingford, CT 06492
Tel.: (860) 227-7841

My Answer

The article did contain a list of attorneys that were reported to be associated with CC Brown. In fact the source document from CC Brown is linked in the story. But below you will find a picture of that sourced and linked page. Clearly the CC Brown attorney profile page does show Ira M. Turner as co-counsel.

The facts as I reported them do appear to be accurate according to the CC Brown website at the time of the article. If CC Brown misrepresented your relationship with them, that is between you and them. Take whatever action you feel is necessary against them and let me know, I’d be happy to report on that.

I would also be happy to update the post with any further statement you may have regarding CC Brown allegedly listing your name as co-counsel without your permission.

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