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By COCO SALAZAR


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Last Updated Friday, September 14, 2007, 5:00 PM Texas Time
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September 14, 2007


The Mortgage Industry's Miami Vice
Glen Theobald, Chief Counsel of the Miami-Dade Police Department is leading a group of law enforcement, elected officials, business leaders, and prosecutors in a new task force designed to curb the rise in deceptive mortgage activities in the Sunshine State.

read story from The South Florida Business Journal




Mortgage Firm Accused of Predatory Lending
Nebraska's Department of Banking and Finance is suing Advantage Mortgage Service, Inc. and attempting to take away it's license to do business after allegations were made against the firm that it utilizes predatory lending practices.

read story from NDBF




Man Faced Life Sentence For Mortgage Scam
The possibility existed that Fredrick Jordan Batts could spend the rest of his life behind bars for leading a mortgage fraud scam that involved 20 homes bought and sold using false appraisals and other fraudulent loan documents. However, he will only serve 25 years.

read story from The Houston Chronicle




Cabdriver Accused Of Mortgage Fraud
Ogbonnaya Edeh, a cabdriver from Cleveland, is one of 16 individuals in a variety of occupations who have been charged with falsifying income figures and forgery in order to acquire homes, now in foreclosure, in a luxurious suburb.

read story from Cleveland.com




September 12, 2007


Mortgage Industry Working Group Forming to Prevent Fraud
A new project being developed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Mortgage Bankers Association, along with several major lenders will aim at preventing mortgage fraud by setting standards and practicing criteria for the industry.




Partnership Formed to Provide Free Database
Retailers, banks, and other financial institutions will now have access to a free criminal database through alerts provided by a new partnership between 3VR Security, Inc., and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center.




Upgrade To Anti-Fraud Database Announced
The Mortgage Asset Research Institute has released an upgrade to it's anti-fraud database (MIDEX) which screens mortgage professionals for fraud and verifies their credentials.




September 11, 2007


Housing Director Abuses Position
Matthew Price II, a former Director of Housing and Economic Development for Florida City, and his accomplice, Jennifer Stimpson, have been accused of various fraud charges including a mortgage scam that used a city employee and a contractor in a 'straw buyer' scheme.

read story from The South Florida Business Journal




September 10, 2007


Mortgage Fraud's Staggering Figures Rise
Reports and research from several companies and firms show that identity theft and mortgage fraud is increasing exponentially each year. The rise of this white collar crime boom is also triggering the creation of multiple entities to combat it.

read story from The Fort Worth Business Press





Coco Salazar is an associate editor and staff writer for MortgageDaily.com.

e-mail: MortgageWriter@aol.com



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