FTC And CFPB Pledge To Work Together To Protect Consumers

It was announced today that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have signed an agreement to coordinate efforts to protect consumers in an effort to avoid duplication of federal law enforcement and regulatory efforts. The memorandum of the two agencies’ understand can be viewed here. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street … Read more

Holy Fraud, Batman! Literally…

Yesterday, an Ohio resident was indicted for allegedly engaging in a fraud scheme that promised to fund more than $500 million in mortgage loans to around 20 churches and a dozen small businesses across the country. The man, Jamal Lawson, fraudulently obtained more than $300,000 in advance fees that he used for personal expenses instead … Read more

Six Required To Pay Millions From “U.S. Homeowners Relief” Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced they are requiring “U.S. Homeowners Relief” defendants to pay millions in their settlement along with banning them from the debt and mortgage relief business. The FTC had charged six defendants (that have agreed to settle) in the participation of a fraudulent mortgage modifications and foreclosure relief scheme. The settlement … Read more

Heartless Criminal Activity In Foreclosure-Related Scam

Last week a man whom operated a foreclosure-rescue scam agreed to plead guilty after collecting $1.6 million from 1,100 distressed homeowners. The man, Frederic Alan Gladle, of Austin, Texas, ran his scam in Los Angeles and elsewhere where he falsely promised the owners of more than a thousand distressed properties that they could indefinitely postpone … Read more

State Government Uniform Scam? That’s New…

A Massachusetts man was sentenced last week to 8.5 years in prison for a 20-year Ponzi scheme and ordered to pay over $17 million in recitation to over 200 victims. Richard Elkinson was sentenced to 102 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $17 million in … Read more

CPA Pleads Guilty In Connection With $670 Million Fraud Scheme

Certified public accountant (CPA) and alleged outside auditor for Provident Capital Indemnity (PCI), Jorge Luis Castillo, plead guilty last week for his role in a $670 million fraud scheme effecting victims across the country and abroad. Castillo plead guilty to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years … Read more

Arizona Telemarking Scam Leaves 5,000 Out Of Over $6.3 Million

Earlier this month word broke when a complaint was issued against four Arizona LLCs and 11 Arizonians that Arizona telemarketers had defrauded almost 5,000 people out of over $6.3 million. These criminals conducted a scam that used victims’ credit-card limits to determine how much to charge them in setting up their very own “web mall” … Read more

Mother Daughter Fraud Team Pleads Guilty After Five Days Of Trial

Mid-trial a mother and daughter fraudster team, along with an accomplice from Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to participating in a mortgage fraud scheme that lead to more than $1.9 million in mortgage loan losses to lenders. Mother, Patricia Smith, pleaded guilty to Counts Four and Five of the Superseding Indictment, which charged her with wire … 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 … Read more

Treasury Reports An 88 Percent Increase In Mortgage-Fraud Since 2010

Banks are re-examining loans that took place during the housing boom and are now finding problems which has resulted in a large jump of reported mortgage-fraud. Reports are showing an 88 percent jump in the second quarter according to the Treasury Department. “Most of the mortgages suspected of fraud closed during the height of the … Read more

The Flucker Family Fraud Affair

A family of fraudsters have been sentenced after finding guilt in the connection with a massive “affinity” fraud scheme where around 2,000 victims were swindled out of about $10.7 million. Father, Roy Fluker, Jr., was sentenced to 15 years in prison while his son, Roy Flucker, III and his daughter Ronnanita Flucker each got 8 … Read more

Should We Eliminate Consumer Debt For Everyone and Start the Economy Over

As crazy as this idea sounds, one thought floating around right now is that of forgiving large tracts of consumer and mortgage debt to swiftly deal with the debt problem in the country today so we can get consumption back on track. As long as consumers are buried in debt, and they are, with little … Read more

Surviving With Less Credit

At ByDesign Financial Solutions, a debt-counseling service in Modesto, Calif., they’re working overtime these days. “Our call volume went up 97% in the past five weeks, which has left us scrambling,” says Martha Lucey, president of the nonprofit agency. “[The callers] are close to the max on their credit cards, and they just can’t figure … Read more