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  Borrowers Beware By Teresa Dixon Murray
Reporter, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
Tom, who has spent several hours every week for the last 16 months trying to fix the problems, says he can no longer stand to think about what the lender has done to his family. "I'm so tired," he says. "Things happen, little things, and I can't take it. Mentally I'm losing it. Why can't somebody do something so this doesn't happen to people?"

Tracking The World Great Depression Of 2005 Mortgage fraud will bring the house of cards down.



Limiting Abuse and Opportunism By Mortgage Servicers.


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Kurt Eggert / Chapman University School of Law

Such abuse includes claiming that borrowers are in default and attempting to foreclose even when payments are current, charging borrowers unwarranted late fees and other kinds of fees, forced placing-insurance even when borrowers already have a policy, and mishandling escrow funds.


Mortgage Go-Betweens Snag NH Consumers

Amy Quinton

NH Public Radio

Fraudulent practices may be easy for some companies to get away with because the laws that regulate mortgage servicers are vague.


Vice President of Newtown Bank Charged with Forgery

State of Connecticut

Div. of Criminal Justice

Vice president of Wachovia Bank in Newtown has been arrested for allegedly falsely notarizing forged signatures on several real estate deeds and on a mortgage document.
12/13/04 State Probe of Wells Fargo Urged

Annette Haddad - LA Times

Wells Fargo has previously come under California regulators? scrutiny and last year had its state mortgage-lending license revoked.


List of Mortgage Companies being supervised by the New York Banking Department.

State of New York 

Banking Department



 Countrywide Fires Manager, Citing Ethics

The lender says he encouraged his staff to steer borrowers to more costly sub-prime loans. Encouraged loan officers in a memo to downgrade borrowers' credit ratings in order to steer them into more expensive loans.


Law Firm Fined for Debt Collection Practices

It's not okay to harass, threaten or mislead someone because they owe a debt."

11/7/04 Insider Foreclosure and Mortgage Servicing Fraud
Part 1, A Study on Ocwen Federal Bank
Gale Bullock What is mortgage servicing fraud? It is simple. It is jerking the mortgagee around on loan payments, insurance, escrow, false credit history reporting on the status of his mortgage payment history, and a myriad of other insider gimmicks, threats, and cognitive dissonance to force the property into foreclosure so the Fat Cat bank holding company can foreclose on the property.


Wachovia Agrees to an Injunction and $37 million penalty.

SEC Press Release SEC Settles Action Charging Wachovia Corporation with Proxy Disclosure and Other Reporting Violations.  Keep digging SEC.


Lih Young, husband evicted from Rockville home

by Noelle Barton
Staff Writer
Lih Young, a nine-time failed candidate for public office who campaigns by accusing the government of fraud, harassment and conspiracy, was evicted from her Rockville home on Friday by CitiMortgage.


'I'll Fight For My House'

Day Staff Writer, Navy/Defense/Electric Boat

His attorney learned Ocwen wanted to charge Newell $180,000, $50,000 more than the original mortgage, and $40,000 more than the amount owed, including the arrears, to get the house back.


Mortgage borrowers file RICO lawsuit


Nashville attorney G. Kline Preston IV argues that Household is liable under the civil part of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statutes.

Lawyer Says High-Stress Career Led Him to Have Sex With Minor

If the felony charge is considered one of moral turpitude, then Borrevik could be disbarred. A young corporate attorney sentenced to four months in a county jail for having sex with a minor said his high-stress legal career was partially to blame for the crime.
Prosecutors said Borrevik paid a 16-year-old girl more than $1,000 for sex and tried to persuade her 17-year-old friend to meet for sex by sending explicit photos and offering money.
Borrevik was caught after the 17 year-old talked to police; a female detective posed as the teenager online.


Beware of Mortgage Servicing Scams

By Selena Maranjian

Motley Fool

"It begins with things like adding an unsubstantiated fee here and there for services you have never heard of, and/or late fees for payments you actually made on time.


Bear Stearns bond offering practices investigated

Reuters EMC Mortgage's parent company received subpoenas and requests for information relating to its municipal underwriting business conducted through its Chicago office, from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois; the State of Illinois, Office of Executive Inspector General; and the Illinois Securities Department.
10/16/04 Illinois Provides $25 Million to Ameriquest to Create Jobs Governor Blagojevich Press release Governor Blagojevich is providing almost $25 million in support for the new operation, which will create 1,500 new jobs over the next two years. The company is also
pledging to bring another 600 jobs to Illinois through its affiliate in Rolling Meadows, Argent Mortgage Company,
within the next three years.


 Perfect Credit Score, Perfect Loan Fraud

Washington Post

Ken Harney

Welcome to the booming world of mortgage fraud. With larceny in their hearts and sophisticated electronic document-preparation programs in their laptops, unethical mortgage loan officers, brokers, real estate agents and lawyers can create fake credit scores, tax returns and identities, as well as ordering inflated appraisals.


The New York Times Borrower commits suicide over Bear Stearns foreclosure.

The Truth About Fannie

The real scandal at Fannie Mae.

By Daniel Gross


The result of the probe, detailed in a 211-page report issued last week, paints Fannie Mae as an Enron-in-the-making. At the company that prides itself on being a cuddly enabler of the American dream, OFHEO unearthed a "pervasive" misapplication of accounting standards, poor internal controls, and?the most headline-worthy charge?a pay structure that rewarded executives for meeting earnings goals, which encouraged executives to manipulate earnings to hit the number.



EMC Mortgage - The 900 pound Gorilla

The Mortgage News You can pay to train your employees now, or pay your attorneys much more later. Search for EMC.


Check Clearing Law Reduces "Float" Time
(Check 21)

Realty Times

Broderick Perkins

"Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act" also known as "Check 21"


Overdraft Protection (Check 21)

Six tips for dealing with the new check-clearing rules

The new process will save the banking industry $3 billion a year and may cost the consumer an additional $170 million in fees.   Be careful.


Mortgage Fee Markups Suffer Court Setback

Kenneth Harney A federal appellate court has ruled that "marking up" mortgage fees  violates federal law.


Dream turns to nightmare

The Journal Gazette

What appears to be the American Dream - a house they can call their own - is instead a millstone around Garcia's neck, put there by an agency that was supposed to help him.


Teflon Bank

One embarrassing disclosure after another hits the Bank of America, but none of the dirt sticks. If the earnings are good, shareholders can be very forgiving.

Explains why Corporate America's reputation wears a "global black-eye". 


FBI: Mortgage Fraud Is Rampant in U.S.

Associated Press Fraud against a mortgage company/bank is big news; fraud against a consumer by a mortgage company/bank is ignored.



U.S. Department of Justice "Bankruptcy foreclosure scams" target people whose home mortgages are in trouble.


Local group warns Ashcroft of illegal activity

Pocono Record Writer
"It is a sad day in America when American citizens ... have to write its attorney general pertaining to suspected and possible judge and jury tampering in its U.S. court system,"


Utah mortgage firm to pay settlement to Michigan homeowners.

Associated Press "Predatory practices like those engaged in by Fairbanks will not be tolerated in Michigan," (OFIS Commissioner Linda A. Watters)  


Small events can spiral into mortgage foreclosure

How an innocent trip to buy a dog threw this man to the rabid dogs of foreclosure.


Washington Mutual stumbles


Los Angeles Times

The cheers of growth and greed have been replaced by the screams of unhappy customers,  homeowners and thousands of laid-off workers.   


Court restores $6 million award against EMC

A federal appeals court on Thursday restored a $6 million punitive damage award in a debt collection case brought against a subsidiary of Bear Stearns.


Man who bought houses on verge of foreclosure found dead.  

Associated Press - Sacramento Article is at mid-page.


Lenders offer help, not foreclosure, to owners in trouble .





Bank of America, Fleet in $675M fund settlement.

The two giant banks agree to the biggest settlement so far in the ongoing mutual fund scandal.

CNN Money/Reuters Bank of America, which uses the promise of "higher standards" in its advertising campaign, has been caught up in various investigations.


Collecting mortgage, bad will

Homeowners victimized by Litton & Ocwen

"Borrowers are making payments on time, but the way servicers apply them, it doesn't look like it," he said.


Freddie Mac Announces Receipt of 'Wells Notice' From SEC Staff

PRNewswire-FirstCall Notice advises the company that the SEC staff is considering a recommendation that the SEC initiate a civil injunctive action against the company for possible violations of the federal securities laws


Summit County, Ohio foreclosures on upswing

Beacon Journal business writer
Oftentimes I will find anywhere between 50 (percent) and 75 percent of those (homes) to be the result of sheriff's sales or transactions between corporate owners.


Scams Compound Foreclosure Woes

Broderick Perkins

Realty Times

A state attorney general is warning consumers to be wary of companies that offer to help save their home from foreclosure.


Predatory Lenders Have One Goal: To Snag Your Home - Don't Get Caught in Their Scheme

Phoebe Chongchua

Realty Times

These dishonest lenders literally hunt down their victims (homeowners) with one goal in mind: to take their home.  Verifying foreclosures MUST be profitable.


Repayment Plans Can Help Owners Stave Off Foreclosure

Kenneth Harney

The Nation's Housing

68 percent of repayment plan participants save their homes.


Homeowner group says it's not enough.

Plans for a $1.5 billion ? billion, not million ? private lawsuit against about 20 builders, bankers and appraisers.

Pocono Record Writer

The state's planned response to Monroe County's massive foreclosure rate is woefully inadequate. The state plan fails to make homeowners financially whole for their losses and doesn't seek criminal prosecutions for violators.

AmeriDream Combines Gift and Default Insurance

By Amilda Dymi

Nation Mortgage News Online

Program designed to protect both lenders and homebuyers from unexpected default and foreclosure on properties when owners face involuntary unemployment, severe health problems or disability.

CALIFORNIA JUSTICE DEPARTMENT Wins Court     Order Freezing Assets of Firm Exploiting Homeowners in Foreclosure.   (California Attorney General Bill Lockyer)

AHRC News Services

By California Department of Justice

Lawsuit seeks civil penalties of at least $2 million, full restitution for victims and an injunction that permanently bans HAS and Sheckler from operating in California as foreclosure consultants.


Consumer Affairs office considered

Beacon Journal

The legislation comes from the work of the task force that the County Council created in May 2003 to look at the rapid rise in home foreclosures.

US judge denies Freddie Mac request to dismiss suit

Reuters The suit aims to recover stock losses, worth more than $25 million, caused by Freddie Mac's accounting scandal.


HUD No. 04-070
Lemar Wooley

A final rule that makes lenders accountable for appraisals on mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

WAMU ceases 7(a) loans; investigation ongoing

Michael Whiteley

Dallas Business Journal

Bedford broker who pled to bank fraud was link in Washington Mutual's problem SBA loans


Select a.k.a. Fairbanks to close office, lay off 200 By JOHN WILEN
The Intelligencer
Among those losing jobs are specialists in bankruptcy, foreclosure specialists and problem resolution.  So much for customer service.


Fairbanks Capital changes their name to 

'Select Portfolio Servicing'

PR Newswire

Fairbanks who?  

Courts allow you to change your name if you get a bad reputation from scamming your customers and/ or investors.  


What Possibly Could Go Wrong? Loan auditing website.


Pennsylvania Attorney General Accuses Bank Of Predatory Lending Attorney Generals in Wisconsin, New York, Texas, Minnesota, New Hampshire and West Virginia have also filed suit against Cross Country Bank.


Fairbanks Capital and NCRC Join to Show Non-Prime Servicing Serves Borrowers and Bondholders PR Newswire Fairbanks now realizes that customer service benefits everyone.


Former financial services exec receives four years in prison. Associated press A fraud scheme that authorities say cost investors $2.1 billion. Was it worth it?


Court OKs settlement in mortgage lawsuit vs. Civil Service Co-operative.

Canoe Money Our issues cross the border into the Great White North of Canada.


Watch out for bad-loan signals "What amazes me is that people don't use their common sense. Somehow people think that this person who is giving them 5% is telling the truth."


Homeowners vs. Washington Mutual

Washington Mutual representative admits the company changed the documents.

Michael Geeser, Consumer Editor

Homeowners win their case, but when will Washington Mutual pay up? 


High foreclosures drive fight over lending practices 

By Jim Day
Chicago Lawyer Magazine
?We have foreclosures in crisis proportions,? said Tom James, an Illinois assistant attorney general who handles housing matters.
6/2004 BOND INSURERS Public Bonds - Presented by Good Jobs First   ?AN ALMOST PERFECT MONEY MACHINE?


Front-End Data Collection and Analysis: Mortgage Technology Few lenders have measures in place to ensure that loan data is valid when they receive it.


Fed announces $70 million penalty against Citigroup and a subsidiary. Associated Press Citigroup and its CitiFinancial Credit Co., agreed to the penalty, but would not admit any wrongdoing. 


Mortgage Servicers Offered New Tools for Best Practices and Problem Resolution. eMediaWire Certus LD unveiled a process improvement program for mortgage loan servicing that includes not only a set of best practices, but training and on-going performance monitoring features.


Fed's Gramlich says subprime lending a societal plus Reuters Increased subprime lending has been associated with higher levels of delinquency, foreclosure, and, in some cases, abusive lending practices.


Case Expands Type of Lies Prosecutors Will Pursue

New York Times


Until last month, lying to your own company's lawyers was not a crime.  Now it is.


Why Insider Trading Keeps Going.

New York Times


Despite the intense public scrutiny of recent celebrity insider-trading cases, insiders still violate securities laws by misusing nonpublic information.


Capital City Mortgage Corp. Defendant Settles Charges ?These practices caused many borrowers to default on their loans and caused some of them to lose their homes,? Thompson said. ?The alleged conduct is particularly reprehensible.?


Capital City Mortgage Corp. Defendant Settles with FTC  

Former General Counsel Barred from Debt Collection

Federal Trade Commission Eric J. Sanne permanently barred from participating in any debt-collection business.


Fairbanks CEO Eager to Reenter Servicing Market American Banker Fairbanks CEO discusses the company's bright future after government investigations and miniscule fines failed to bring proper redress to the victims.


NCO Group Settles with FTC for Violations of the FCRA NCO will pay $1.5 million to settle the FTC's claims, the largest civil penalty ever obtained in a FCRA case.
5/5/04 Back office figure emerges in Bear Stearns Investigation.  


Ocwen reaches customer service deal Jeff Ostrowski, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Ocwen is grateful that the OTS and consumer interest organizations told them they were stealing. Huh?  "Uh... You're welcome?"


North Carolina Sues Cambridge CreditCounseling Pushing people in debt --  further in debt.


Class Action Notice Sent Out For Lawsuit Against NCO Group, Credit Bureaus for Alleged FDCPA Violations Substantiating the Credit Reporting Agencies are another element we have to deal with.


Class Action Lawsuit Against Novastar Financial Inc. on Behalf of Investors Cauley Geller Bowman & Rudman, LLP NYSE: NFI Failure to disclose, misrepresentation and operating without a license.


Judge Upholds Racketeering Complaints Against H&R Block, Household The companies face potential treble damages that could run to billions of dollars if arguments by the plaintiffs' lawyers prevail in the case.


Class Action Against the American Express

on Behalf of American Express Financial Advisors, Inc. Clients Who Purchased American Express Mutual Funds

Cauley Geller Bowman & Rudman, LLP

Legal action claiming AEFC has been violating the Securities Exchange Act etc.since 1999.


Bear Stearns faces probes over links to late trading Bloomberg News EMC Mortgage's parent company faces federal criminal and civil probes.


Playing Favorites

Ronald Fink, 

CFO Magazine

Why Alan Greenspan's Fed lets banks off easy on corporate fraud.


Regulators may get power to liquidate Freddie, Fannie.

Samantha Peterson

Inman News

Federal regulators may get the power to shut down Fannie Mac or Freddie Mac if either of them was in danger of insolvency.


Debtor beware: Credit counselor abuse on the rise. Houston Chronicle /

Associated Press

AmeriDebt and others learning the difference between helping and scamming.


Citigroup trio took home $100m pay package last year Guardian Unlimited Fines for corporate fraud really is "pocket change"


Don't Expect Fed To Limit Banks' Bad Behavior

Bank of America's 'Higher Standards' teach the banking industry that fraud is good... even when you get caught.

Steven Pearlstein

Washington Post

How many financial scandals does a banking company have to be involved in before the Federal Reserve will finally conclude it isn't up to the task of taking control of yet another big bank?


Banks in Merger Settle Fund Case

Nothing new. Just another instance of regulators chasing Bank of America again for the same violations.  Has the SEC ever considered a 3-strikes Rule?

NY Times Bank of America and FleetBoston Financial reached a $675 million settlement with regulators yesterday over improper trading in their mutual funds.


Bank of America Penalized Record by SEC

Bank of America showing their true colors and the PR work to hide it and play dumb.


Banc of America Securities, repeatedly failed to promptly provide requested documents, gave "misinformation" about the documents' availability, and engaged in "dilatory tactics."


BCS Parallels of mortgage and credit card scams.



In Fraud Cases, Guilt Can Be Skin Deep.

Alex Berenson

New York Times

Two page article about the complexities of prosecuting white-collar corruption and greed.


Federal and State Agencies Face Challenges in Combating Predatory Lending'   U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) Government study into predatory lending.


BANK OF AMERICA  Loses Class Action Suit.

Bank of America scammed over one million customers. Damages could exceed 1 billion dollars.


Can I fire my mortgage servicer?  

Opt-out clause would make it easier for borrowers to defend against deceptive lenders.

Jack Guttentag

Inman News

Explains poor service and why your servicer needs to get you into the Subprime category. 


Court ruling may expand consumer's credit protection.

Associated Press The court's decision demands more in-depth investigations when consumers ask for them.


The Dark Side Of Refinancing. Indiana homeowners losing homes to predators.
 2/9/04 OFIS Revokes Metrowide Mortgage License and Assesses $6,000 Fine. Department of Labor & Economic Growth From
  Mortgage Servicing:  Making sure your payments count. Federal Trade Commission Includes a Qualified Written Request sample.


   The Christian Science Monitor

Values-based fund managers delve deeply into the moral character of companies.  


Cooking the Books: U.S. Banks are Giant Casinos

Michael Edward

Is your bank/mortgage company listed?


Record home sales at foreclosure auctions spurns moratorium drive. Associated Press Even those who cannot make payments are getting attention.


The next big trend: FORECLOSURE CNN Money The number of foreclosures has jumped in some places. For buyers it's both an opportunity and a risk.


Fannie to Set New Policy On Arbitration Clauses
Mortgages Must Allow Borrowers to Sue  
Caroline E. Mayer
Washington Post Staff Writer

The State of Arizona should hang their head in SHAME!!!!

By Pat Haruff
Today a gentlemen homeowner shot himself because he couldn't handle the pressure and the loss of his PAID FOR home in Velda Rose Estates in Mesa. He couldn't handle the SHAME he felt for having his home foreclosed on.



Fraud on the Court as a Basis for Dismissal with Prejudice or Default: An Old Remedy Has New Teeth

That cheaters should not be allowed to prosper has long been central to the moral fabric of our society and one of the underpinnings of our legal system. 

Florida Bar Sanctions, in a wide variety of shapes, attempting to encompass the virtually limitless ways litigants manage to misbehave1 have always been part and parcel of our legal system. Dismissal with prejudice has long been available as the ultimate civil sanction against litigation misconduct, but is often bypassed in the belief that such efforts rarely succeed at the trial court level and are frequently reversed on appeal when they do. In the past this sentiment was understandable. Older appellate decisions upholding dismissals with prejudice for ?fraud on the court? were decisively outnumbered by decisions reversing such dismissals as being too severe.


FirstPlus Settles Investor Class Action Suits FirstPlus Financial Group Inc. has settled the class-action lawsuits filed by investors against the company in the wake of its downfall.



Washington Mutual to lay off 188 workers Jacksonville Bus. Journal WaMu passing Homeside loans to Fidelity.


Class Action Lawsuit Against American Business Financial Services Inc. Business Wire

Another reason it is in the company's best interest to foreclose.   


Mortgage Fraud News Coverage Mortgage Daily

Several Mortgage fraud headlines. 

Subscription Required. 


Mortgage firm to close Austin location; 204 jobs to be lost. Austin Business Journal Several articles on this page.


Mortgage servicer Ocwen's practices raise ire.
Jeff Ostrowski,             Palm Beach Post   Evidence that Ocwen studied the fraud manual written by Bank of America.  


Rules, rights are key to escrow account puzzle

Kenneth Harney Explains your escrow account.


Lehman Brothers Role in Predatory Lending A listing of Lehman Brothers' involvement.


LEHMAN BROTHERS AND PREDATORY LENDING: A SUMMARY Why would a major Wall Street investment bank finance a bunch of sleazy, scandal-ridden corporations that profit by exploiting low-income people and people of color?
1/19/04 Lenders Urged to Examine Practices in Light of 'Predatory' Accusations Ted Cornwell

National Mortgage News

Lenders that apply late penalties, which can pile up over several months and then accelerate the debt or proceed with foreclosure action will likely find themselves in trouble.  Uh... likely?
1/18/04 Mortgage servicer Ocwen's practices raise ire Jeff Ostrowski, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer "(Ocwen) posted our payments late all the time," Trott said in a recent interview. "It's not fair. It was a very unpleasant experience. I wouldn't recommend anybody going with that company."



Mortgage Nightmares Are not Over?

Fairbanks settlement having little if any effect. 

6/4/08 Ed McMahon's home faces foreclosure CNN There were nearly 650,000 foreclosure filings -- which include notices of default, auction sales and bank repossessions -- issued during the first quarter of 2008.