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US Supreme Court Rules on Mortgage Fraud Restitution Calculations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has clarified how restitution must be computed in mortgage fraud cases. The justices in a unanimous decision Monday said that restitution to a bank that has been defrauded must be calculated based on the value of property when it is actually sold, and not the earlier date on […]

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Former Massachusetts Attorney Sentenced in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

A former attorney who practiced in Boston was sentenced today in federal court for his involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme involving triple decker apartment buildings that resulted in more than $2.5 million in losses. Charles R. Sammon, 37, of West Pittston, Pa., was sentenced to 33 months in prison, 36 months of supervised release […]

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Defendants in Mortgage Relief Scam – $3.6 Million Settlement with FTC

A mortgage modification scam that took advantage of distressed consumers facing possible foreclosure has reached a $3.6 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. This settlement represents the FTC’s largest judgment to date against a purported mortgage assistance relief provider. As part of the settlement, the South Florida-based defendants will surrender their assets and be […]

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Taylor Bean, Home America Mortgage Settle $320 Million FCA Suit

Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. and Home America Mortgage Inc. have agreed to pay over $320 million to settle a False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit alleging they falsified mortgage applications to secure federally funded insurance for loans that ultimately defaulted, the plaintiffs’ attorneys announced on Monday. The complaint was filed in 2006 by former […]

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Major Trouble For Wall Street in 2014 on Mortgage Fraud Front?

The problems for Wall Street may just be getting started…. In the last three years, the six largest banks by assets on Wall Street have paid out over $85 billion in settlements related to the mortgage crisis. That breaks down to $40 million per day since March 2008, when JPMorgan Chase acquired Bear Stearns. While […]

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MA Attorney Facing Bank Fraud Charges

A disbarred Edgartown attorney has been indicted on federal tax and bank fraud violations. John C. McBride, 64, has been charged with allegedly recording or attempting to record false tax lien releases on properties including his Edgartown home. Mr. McBride, who lives in Edgartown and Braintree, was indicted June 26 on one charge of endeavoring […]

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