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FTC Shuts Down Scads of Phony Mortgage Relief Scammers

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The Federal Trade Commission has announced a federal court has entered orders against 22 defendants who offered financially strapped consumers fake home-loan modification services that the FTC claims violated the FTC Act and the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule. The MARS Rule bans mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan modification services from collecting fees until homeowners have a written offer ... Read More »

    Reader Expresses Concern Over Spire Law Group Going POOF!

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    I received the following tip from a reader, send your tips in here. Apparently Spire Law Group has finally fully imploded. The reader says, “Spire Law is closed down( Aug 2014) leaving all their clients holding the bag. The Abeel v Bank of America lawsuit was dismissed. As a way to keep their clients at bay, Spire Law came up ... Read More »

      How The Advocacy For Consumer Rights Helps Consumers

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      Recently, Leyton Ward and I, who used to be in a tussle with, had a chance to sit down together and meet. He was gracious to share what TAFCR does and why most people don’t understand it. After spending time with Leyton I will admit what he tries to do to help consumers with mortgage problems, sounds unique. Q. So ... Read More »

        What I Learned from Leyton Ward at The Advocacy for Consumer Rights

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        Yesterday Leyton Ward and I finally did what we probably should have done two years ago, and sat down together over a great lunch and just talked. You see for what feels like the last two years Leyton and I had been in, well, basically a pissing contest. I do owe Leyton a big hat tip for flying to Raleigh ... Read More »

          Mortgage Scams Take Minutes to Nab Consumer But Years to Unwind


          I received an update on a case where a receiver had been appointed to liquidate a scam mortgage relief group and provide restitution to consumers. This goes all the way back to a 2011 action by the California Attorney General against companies selling “Mass Joinder” mortgage elimination. The pitch seemed like an instantly addictive drug to suffering consumers. They were ... Read More »

            Mortgage Relief Marketers Now a Half Million Dollars Lighter


            A federal district court in Southern California has ordered a judgment of nearly $515,000 against Mark Nagy Atalla, a defendant in a 2013 Federal Trade Commission action targeting deceptive mortgage and debt relief pitches. The court imposed the judgment after finding Atalla had hid assets and misrepresented his financial condition to the agency. The judgment originally was suspended in Atalla’s ... Read More »

              Student Loans Will Kill Your Dreams of Home Ownership

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              The vast majority of consumers in America make important financial decisions basically by-the-seat-of-their-pants. I know people mean well but it is commonly bad advice and accepted assumptions that cause a bright financial future to be scuppered. Let’s take the issue of student loans for example. Loads of people blindly regurgitate “student loans are good debt” so much so they believe ... Read More »

                Details on Florida Bar Complaint Against Howard Feinmel

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                The Florida Bar has sent me a copy of the complaint they recently filed against Florida attorney Howard Feinmel. I reported yesterday about the case. But today there are more facts available after reading the filed complaint. Right off the bat I found it intriguing the Florida Bar makes the statement, “Respondent has represented various persons and entities, including but ... Read More »

                  Illinois Finds Fault with Mortgage Assistance Attorneys Aleman and Macey

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                  A tipster (send in your tips here) just sent in a document which was filed on August 28, 2014 regarding the activities of Jeffrey Aleman and Thomas Macey or Legal Helpers fame. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission came to the opinion that Macey and Aleman had violated a number of Illinois attorney rules. However it does not appear ... Read More »

                    New York AG Goes After More Mortgage Relief Firms


                    As part of a joint federal-state sweep by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission and 15 states targeting scam operations that prey on financially struggling homeowners and those facing foreclosure. Along with the FTC and CFPB, attorneys general from the following states participated in the sweep: Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, ... Read More »

                      Mass Joinder Player Phillip Kramer Resurfaces in Different Scheme Alleges CT & FL


                      In a bit of a shocker a couple of names who were hot and heavy in the front-end of the mass joinder schemes have resurfaced again according to the State of Connecticut and the Attorney General of Florida. On August 22, 2014 both parties filed an amended complaint against a whole chadre of individuals and companies. They included Berger Law ... Read More »

                        CFPB Bitch Slaps Bait-and-Switch Mortgage Scheme


                        Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, its affiliate, Novo Appraisal Management Company, and the owner of both companies, Patrick Markert, for engaging in a deceptive bait-and-switch mortgage-lending scheme that harmed tens of thousands of consumers. The Bureau found that Amerisave lured consumers by advertising misleading interest rates, locked them in with costly up-front ... Read More »

                          More Law Groups in Hot Water Over Mortgage Intervention


                          Mader Law Group, American Financial law Group, Meridian Law Group, and attorney Eric Mader caught the attention of the Connecticut Department of Banking recently. According to the State site the companies were engaged in activities which triggered a closer look. This comes on the heels of a flurry of actions against other law firms engaged in mortgage assistance services. See ... Read More »

                            Mass Joinder Mills Targets of Attorney General Action

                            Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

                            Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepson sued Berger Law Group, Resolution Law Group, and related entities and individuals over allegations that they collected at least $4.7 million in illegal upfront fees from distressed homeowners. Under their authority to enforce the federal Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule and Florida and Connecticut laws prohibiting deceptive and unfair ... Read More »

                              Three Charged in Mortgage Modification Scheme


                              Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced the unsealing of charges against Ped Abghari, a/k/a “Ted Allen,” Dionysius Fiumano, a/k/a “D,” and Justin Romano for engaging in a mortgage modification scheme that defrauded over 8,000 homeowners in all 50 states ... Read More »

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