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Last Updated Friday, December 19, 2008 10:00 PM Texas Time

December 19, 2008

Home Improvement Fraud Scheme
Two Colorado brokers have been accused of using over-inflated appraisals and illegally collecting mortgage proceeds after the closing.

Equity Stripping Foreclosure Scheme
Instead of helping homeowners facing foreclosure, a 47-year-old woman helped strip the equity of those very homes her company was hired to protect.

Pastor Allegedly Commits Sin
A Denver minister was indicted on eight counts of felony theft and eight counts of felony forgery in connection with an $80,000 mortgage fraud scheme.

Guilty As Charged
Two men were found guilty on all charges against them in connection with the biggest mortgage racketeering fraud case in Minnesota’s history.

December 18, 2008

Reducing Identity Theft
The Federal Trade Commission is advising Congress take action to help safeguard social security numbers to reduce identity theft. The FTC released a new report with five suggestions to minimize the role of social security numbers and to limit the access to such information.

$1 Million in Fake Loans Submitted
A Georgia woman is accused of submitting fake loan applications with fabricated documents that totaled more than $1 million.

December 16, 2008

Five Arrested After Raids
Businesses and homes were searched in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme that accuses five men of trying to defraud Long Beach Mortgage Company, Argent Mortgage Company, LLC and Mortgage IT, Inc. The scheme involved 18 properties and $2 million in mortgage loans.

Deceptive Broker, Unlicensed LOs
A California woman is accused of fraudulently originating mortgage loans through unlicensed loan officers since 2004.

December 15, 2008

Not an Appraiser
A 51-year-old woman is accused of posing as a licensed appraiser and has been charged with two counts of wire fraud in New Hampshire. She provided at least 22 appraisals to two mortgage brokerage companies.

Mobile Homes, Vacant Land Used in Fraud
A North Carolina man set up a fraud scheme by purchasing vacant land, dividing it into four parcels and placing mobile homes on the lots. Five people have been charged for participating in the $6 million scheme that involved more than 100 loans.

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