Debt Forgiveness, Auto Loans Way Up, Mortgage Exec Admits Fraud, Rolling Jubilee

Attorney General Leads National Effort To Extend Tax Relief for Distressed Homeowners Jepsen co-authored a letter with Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi, which was signed onto by 40 other attorneys general and sent today to U.S. House and Senate leaders. It asked the leaders to extend the exclusion, which has been in effect since 2007, … Read more

Flawed Foreclosure Process Investigation Identifies Others Responsible

by Marian Wang, ProPublica While federal and state officials investigating flawed foreclosures have largely focused on holding the banks accountable and bringing relief to wronged homeowners, officials in a few states have begun targeting the more obscure middlemen of the foreclosure scandal. Prosecutors in California and Illinois have sent subpoenas to Lender Processing Services, one … Read more

Major Foreclosure Contractor Underplayed the Extent of Document Flaws

Marian Wang, ProPublica In our primer on the players in the foreclosure scandal, we noted that the biggest foreclosure contractor to which banks outsourced servicing tasks, Lender Processing Services (LPS), has been accused of flaws in the processing of key mortgage documents. The company has said that it is “not aware of any defects in … Read more

A Who’s Who in the Foreclosure Scandal.

by Marian Wang, ProPublica The unfolding foreclosure scandal just keeps expanding. Scrutiny first fell on the “robo-signers” who rubber-stamped banks’ foreclosure paperwork, but they’re one of the many players who may have contributed to the mess.To help sort it all out, we’ve drawn up a cast of characters. Let’s start with the basics: Loan Originators/Mortgage … Read more