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CFPB Bitch Slaps Bait-and-Switch Mortgage Scheme

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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

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    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

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      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

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        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 »

          Four More in Custody for Mortgage Modification Scam

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          It’s been a rough week for companies who are selling mass joinder and mortgage modification help. See here, here, and here for stories. But today brings a new round of alleged bad debt relief actors landing in trouble with the law. According to the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program on Tuesday, federal agents ... Read More »

            CFPB Goes After Mortgage Relief Scammers

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            Consumer advisory: Don’t fall for a foreclosure relief scam or bogus legal help The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and 15 states announced a sweep against foreclosure relief scammers that used deceptive marketing tactics to rip off distressed homeowners across the country. The Bureau is filing three lawsuits against companies and individuals that collected more ... Read More »

              Hoffman Law Group Labeled Scam by Former Lawyer

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              The Hoffman Law Group, who promised all sorts of mortgage relief for troubled homeowners, is certainly in the hot seat. Both the Palm Beach Post and WKMG in Orlando have recent articles about allegations and activities. The Orlando story was interesting. The video below shows a local reporter trying to get a comment from attorney Marc Hoffman, who the Florida ... Read More »

                Loan Modification Victims of Lucas Law Center Get Money Back

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                The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks totaling $499,701.84 to 229 consumers who paid the Lucas Law Center an advance fee for mortgage loan modifications the company falsely claimed it would obtain for them. Lucas Law Center allegedly used an attorney to circumvent state prohibitions against receiving a fee before providing any services; the defendants charged up to $3,995 ... Read More »

                  Who Is Consumer Relief Attorneys a Reader Asks

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                  I received an email from a reader asking me who Consumer Relief Attorneys was. The reader had attached a link to this file and made a statement an Alabama attorney by the name of James Oster was somehow related to Consumer Relief Attorneys. I don’t know if that is true. It is tough to tell from public records since there ... Read More »

                    Mortgage Delinquencies Plumet and Subprime Borrowers Get Shot

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                    TransUnion, the credit reporting people, have just released new data that certainly makes it appear the big wave of mortgage defaults and delinquencies is over. In fact this data marks the ninth quarter of declines in the rate at which borrowers are 60 or more days behind on their mortgages. We haven’t see rates this low since the second quarter ... Read More »

                      Florida Clears Clouded Fidelity Land Trust Deeds for Consumers

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                      The State of Florida has taken action to undo all the titles assigned to Florida company Fidelity Land Trust, a company that has been in the news here. FLT had been selling consumers a program they billed as a way to clear the mortgage on a Florida home. According to a recent article by Kimberly Miller of the Palm Beach ... Read More »

                        Reader Calls Bullshit on “Keep Your Home” Mailer

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                        A very smart reader sent in a mailer they recently received. After they did some snooping around it set off warning bells. I’ll share their story and you’ll see what I mean. “I received this in the mail. When I called the number I got a lady who ask for my eligibility code. I asked her why is the eligibility ... Read More »

                          More Florida Mortgage Modification Scammers Go to Jail

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                          Two Florida men were sentenced today to serve 84 months in prison for defrauding thousands of homeowners in a $4 million nationwide home loan modification scheme. Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz of the District of Massachusetts and Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) Christy ... Read More »

                            Mortgage Relief Scams Pay Millions to FTC

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                            The South Florida-based defendants in an alleged mortgage relief scam will surrender their assets and be banned permanently from providing mortgage relief and debt relief services to consumers under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. This settlement represents the FTC’s largest judgment to date against a purported mortgage assistance relief provider. In 2012, as part of the Distressed Homeowner ... Read More »

                              CFPB Gives Borrowers With Troubled Mortgages a Guide

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                              The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a comprehensive guide to help troubled mortgage borrowers. The 104 page guide gives step-by-step directions on what you should expect from your mortgage company if you are struggling. You can read the guide here. The guide also clearly lays out the responsibilities of borrowers as well and is one of the more ... Read More »

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