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December 31, 2008

Real Estate Expert Victim of Mortgage Fraud

The CEO of an investment group who found himself at the wrong end of mortgage fraud helped Michigan state officials form a mortgage fraud task force. He's made it his mission to educate homeowners and promote awareness of today's fraud schemes.

Mortgage Fraud Sentence Sticks

A convicted real estate agent will spend seven years in prison despite an appeal citing that his sentence was excessive and his conduct not illegal.

100 % Financing Fraud

A Virginia man who owned a mortgage brokerage pleaded guilty to charges related to mortgage fraud through his company for over three years. Employees often helped straw buyer's obtain 100 percent financing by fabricating employment, income and other relevant information.

365 Fraudulent Loans

At the time of the fraud, a loan officer worked at three different Dayton, Ohio mortgage companies and had a hand in 365 loans deemed as fraudulent. He has been sentenced to 20 months in federal prison.

December 30, 2008

Free Consumer Fraud Prevention Tool

Hoping to head off mortgage fraud committed with forged deeds, the Allen County Recorderís office in Indiana is offering a free alert service to its residents that would notify homeowners when a document is filed in the County Land Records with their name on it.

Tough Sentence in Fraud-Ridden Florida

A Fort Lauderdale federal judge ordered a stiff sentence for a man who was at the center of a $12 million mortgage fraud scheme in Broward County. The judge said the sentence, which exceeds the prosecutor's recommendation by three years should be a warning signal to others tempted "to make a quick easy buck."

Lawsuit Follows Exoneration

A Pennsylvania woman and former title company owner has slapped a $5 million lawsuit against the state's Attorney General and other law officials after being acquitted of mortgage fraud charges.

Taking Mortgage Fraud to New Heights

While awaiting trial on mortgage fraud charges, a Modesto, Calif. man was apparently keeping busy with a new scheme that involved 39 victims wiring him money for real estate appraisals and a false promise of $3 billion in loans to casino and golf resort developers.

Florida Fights Rising Fraud

Florida regulators are proposing the renewal of a state fund to compensate victims of mortgage fraud. Up to $50,000 would be provided to borrowers defrauded by mortgage brokers.

December 29, 2008

Mortgage Fraud Tops 2008 Crimes List

One of the largest mortgage fraud crimes in Minnesota tops the 2008 list for white-collar crime in that state.

Oregon Halts Activity of Originators

Three managers of an Oregon mortgage company are at the center of a fraud scheme that has resulted in the company being fined, and the managers being ordered to "cease and desist."

Borrower Admits Deception

A 31-year-old South Dakota man admitted to providing false information on his loan application in order to obtain a $148,000 mortgage.

Unscrupulous Lawyer Pleads Guilty

After a long run of mortgage fraud schemes, a crooked lawyer was finally caught and prosecuted. His law license was revoked after pleading guilty to his crimes.

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