With more than $3 billion in estimated losses nationwide last year, mortgage relief scams are at an all-time high.
Contrary to the sworn affidavit of process server Robin Lucas-Peters on one local foreclosure case, the homeowner was not served at all. Having died on August 4, 2010 “personal service” upon him on April 21, 2011 was simply not possible.
Broward County Circuit Court Judge Victor Tobin has notified Governor Rick Scott of his intent to resign as a Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit effective June 30, 2011.
While negotiations continue between mortgage servicers and the Multistate Mortgage Foreclosure Group, enforcement action has been taken by the Office of the Comptroller (OCC), the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), and the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) against 14 U.S. bank and two third-party mortgage servicers.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced today a first-of-its-kind settlement against attorney Marshall C. Watson and his law firm – the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson – for alleged improprieties in the prosecution of foreclosure cases throughout Florida.
Amid civil and criminal investigations into fraudulent documents filed in Florida courts, the once powerful foreclosure attorney, David J. Stern, is out of business.
An appeals court last week requested that the high court consider the case of Greenacres homeowner Roman Pino as a matter of “great public importance.” The decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach was unusual as neither the bank nor the homeowner requested such a review.
The presentation, titled “Unfair, Deceptive and Unconscionable Acts in Foreclosure Cases,” was provided by the attorney general’s economic crimes division during an early December conference of the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers as an overview and was not representative of any specific misconduct.
In an effort to effectively address and investigate the robo-signing crisis, the Mortgage Foreclosure Multi State Group is now comprised of all 50 state Attorneys General, mortgage regulators and state banks. Led by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, plans are being made to speak with all relevant mortgage servicers to determine whether they have properly submitted affidavits or signed notices in support of foreclosure actions.