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Mortgage Fraud Eases

DALLAS -- (Dec. 4, 2007) Civil and criminal mortgage fraud case activity eased during November from October -- although activity jumped from a year earlier, according to the FraudBlogger Index published and maintained by http://www.MortgageDaily.com.

The FraudBlogger Index was 800 last month, edging down from 810 in October. The index soared, however, from 530 during November 2006.

The dollar volume of active mortgage fraud cases tracked last month was $0.4 billion, compared to $0.3 billion in October and $0.1 billion in November 2006.

State Rankings and Index Level:

1. Florida & Missouri (each) 80
2. New York 70
3. California & New Jersey (each) 60
1. New York 110
2. Missouri 100
3. Illinois 90
4. Georgia 80
5. Florida & Minnesota (each) 60
1. Florida 70
2. Texas 60
3. Colorado & Indiana & South Carolina (each) 50
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A minimum of $100,000 was used for all cases tracked, including when no amount was available. The national total index is an aggregate of all state data.

The biggest case tracked involved Minnesota homebuilder Parish Marketing and Development Corp.

Owner Michael Parish and his wife plead guilty to using straw buyers on 200 new homes. There were approximately $50 million in losses.

In September, former U.S. Bank officer Ramiz Yousef Saadeh plead guilty to providing fake deposit verifications in the scam -- which used proceeds from subsequent transactions to make payments on prior deals.

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About the FraudBlogger Index
The index reflects active criminal and civil mortgage fraud cases tracked by FraudBlogger.com -- a comprehensive journal of mortgage fraud reports, crimes and civil litigation. Cases involving larger dollar amounts were given greater weight. No fraud activity tracked during a given month would result in an index of zero. Monthly data may include some overlap but still provide a valuable perspective of the level of mortgage fraud activity.

About MortgageDaily.com
Founded in 1998, MortgageDaily.com is a dominant mortgage industry news source. Around one million mortgage business news pages are viewed monthly at MortgageDaily.com and its affiliate publications.

Shaun Bartlett
3811-700 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75219

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