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June 15, 2007

Unmatched Fraud Risk Management
Interthinx expands lender access to FraudNET Technology.

Fraudster Tied to CIA
Emmanuel Constant, a Haitian also known as “Toto” Constant and who admitted to charges of mortgage fraud that affected numerous lenders, was at one point associated with the CIA.

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Fraud Wave Hits Home Values
San Diego neighborhoods have been hit by foreclosures resulting from mortgage fraud that includes multiple properties being sold to one buyer at one time.

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Child SSNs Used in Mortgages
A mortgage fraud investigation that showed several children's identities were misused prompted Utah officials to the idea that many more children have had their social security numbers stolen for access to credit.

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Bank Entangled in Developer Scam
Capital Bank is among four banks that have reported concerns related to a North Carolina real estate scheme that allegedly bilked consumers of $100 million and defrauded the banks as well.

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June 14, 2007

Title Co. Gets ID Theft Prevention
ID Analytics ID Network to combat identity fraud.

1 Sibling Free for Retrial
While Richard N. Amico will remain free on a bond secured by relatives' property and pending retrial for allegedly defrauding mortgage lenders in collusion with his brother Robert J. Amico, the latter of the siblings has not been able to secure property for his release.

read story from Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Ex-NFL Player Faces 30
Sean Jones, a former professional football player, two former loan officers of Southwest Bank of Texas, Bank of Houston and Whitney National Banks, and an attorney and appraiser each face a maximum sentence of 30 years for allegedly acquiring mortgages for overvalued properties and diverting excess proceeds for personal use.

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June 12, 2007

MA Seeks Tougher Mortgage Fraud Laws
Bill criminalizes mortgage fraud, protects consumers.

Co.s Unprepared to Fight ID Fraud
A mortgage credit info and ID theft management service provider offers expert advice for businesses.

AZ Mortgage Fraud Law Near
A bill that would make mortgage fraud a felony punishable by up to three years in prison for a first offense is on its way to the desk of Arizona's governor.

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Straw Buyers Fuel Foreclosures
Straw buyers are amongst the players contributing to the rise in foreclosure either through willingly giving false information for a loan or being persuaded by unscrupulous originators to get into the real estate rental business without fully understanding it.

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June 11, 2007

Half Doubt Lenders are Ethical
Consumers almost evenly divided on lenders' ethics.

Judge Stops Investment Scam
Developers convinced dozens of consumers to invest in overvalued lots in Mitchell County

Mortgagees Seek Fraud Warning System
MBA unit requests information to create national database.

Pair Admits to Defrauding Lenders
Matthew J. Kupic and Francis Thomas Disonell admitted they orchestrated a scheme in which they used their companies, Team Title Abstractors and Real Estate Consultants, to defraud lenders by methods such as depositing money into straw buyer accounts to get loans approved.

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  Patrick Crowley is fraud journalist for MortgageDaily.com and a reporter and columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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