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Monday, April 13, 2009

Mortgage Fraud in 2008: Part II

by Calculated Risk on 4/13/2009 06:29:00 PM

Here is the 2nd part of the VoiceofSanDiego article: A Staggering Swindle: How It Could Happen in 2008

In 2008, when the loans were made to McConville's buyers, some of the only companies still willing to buy these bundles of mortgages were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, even though the mortgage mess had affected them, too.

At the tail end of McConville's deals, last September, the federal government took over Fannie and Freddie, assuming more direct control of the companies' day-to-day operation and pumped in funding to absorb their losses. Now the taxpayers own 79.9 percent of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"You and I are getting stuck with these inflated loans, via Fannie and Freddie," [Real estate appraiser Todd Lackner] said.

There is a way out, as long as the smaller lenders who made the loans to McConville's buyers still exist. On any loans Fannie and Freddie bought, if they discover fraud or faults in underwriting in the loans, they'll send them down the chain, requiring the investor that sold the loans to the giants to buy them back. Ultimately, the original lenders might face those buybacks, said Michael Lea, a former chief economist for Freddie Mac.

But the small lenders who made these mortgages might not be in business anymore -- like Nazari's All American Finance.
Ask Wall Street what happens when they push back loans to the small lenders - they just close up shop.

Here was Part I: Rented Identities, Extravagant Prices and Foreclosure: A Post-Boom Real Estate Scam

And a related article: Mafia-Esque Charges Brought Against Alleged Mortgage Fraud Ring