Friday, June 18, 2010

Feds Charge 1,200 with Mortgage Fraud

by Bill McBride on 6/18/2010 08:30:00 AM

From the LA Times: Feds charge 1,200 people in mortgage fraud crackdown

[F]ederal authorities said Thursday that they had filed criminal charges in recent months against 1,200 mortgage brokers and others accused of cheating banks and borrowers of $2.3 billion.
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In one of the New York cases, a tax preparer is accused of selling fake pay stubs and tax documents to mortgage and real estate brokers, who allegedly used the documents to apply for loans. Authorities said 17 people were indicted as a result of that investigation.

In another New York case, prosecutors allege that a company offered to help struggling homeowners around the country but did nothing once the borrowers paid the firm's upfront fees.
This is a start ...