Foreclosure Defense Florida

BOMBSHELL- FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES INVESTIGATION OF THE FORECLOSURE MILLS

fl-law-firmsSometimes the screams of attorneys and activists who are protesting the conduct of the foreclosure mills seems like voices screaming in the wilderness.   Having said that, the following press release from the Florida Attorney General’s office gives me some hope that raising all these alarms is not totally in vain.

WHEN THIS STATE’S TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FINDS THE CLAIMS OF IMPROPER PROCEDURES BY THE FORECLOSURE MILLS ARE SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO OPEN AN INVESTIGATION, SHOULD COURTS CONTINUE TO GRANT SUMMARY JUDGMENT?
August 10, 2010
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Florida Law Firms Subpoenaed Over Foreclosure Filing Practices

TALLAHASSEE, FL ““ Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced his office has launched three new investigations into allegations of unfair and deceptive actions by Florida law firms handling foreclosure cases. The Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Division is investigating whether improper documentation may have been created and filed with Florida courts to speed up foreclosure processes, potentially without the knowledge or consent of the homeowners involved.

The new investigations name The Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, P.A.; Shapiro & Fishman, LLP; and the Law Offices of David J. Stern, P.A. The law firms were hired by loan servicers to begin foreclosure proceedings when consumers were in arrears on their mortgages.

Because many mortgages have been bought and sold by different institutions multiple times, key paperwork involved in the process to obtain foreclosure judgments is often missing. On numerous occasions, allegedly fabricated documents have been presented to the courts in foreclosure actions to obtain final judgments against homeowners. Thousands of final judgments of foreclosure against Florida homeowners may have been the result of the allegedly improper actions of the law firms under investigation.

The Attorney General’s Office is also investigating whether the law firms have created affiliated companies outside the United States where the allegedly false documents are being prepared and then submitted to the law firms for use.

Subpoenas have been served on each of the law firms listed above, and the investigations are ongoing.

Click here to see the Mother Jones story and read the subpoenas.

3 Comments

  • stopGOVTwaste says:

    political posturing? what happens if they come back with some baloney like “there’s no fraud here?”

    i’ve heard AG McCollum’s office has responded to homeowners complaints with the tone of
    “fraud schmaud… nothing here to look at”

    so why now the press releases?

    a good beginning nonetheless. just need to hold his office accountable so this is not just handed over to the FL Bar’s “ethics” committee and these shi**y mill firms get away with nothing more than a slap on the wrist!

    • stopGOVTwaste says:

      lets see if he will actually DO anything about it! hey, anyone know what happened when Gov Crist had Erin Cullaro investigate her former employer FDLG? how did that turn out??

  • PJ says:

    Matt… hope this makes your day as it is evidence of what you have been fighting for ! It is significant that Shapiro & Fishman LLP are named as the Shapio Attorney Network operate in various states, and some may remember Shapiro & DeCaro representing PHH ( the servicer) last year in New York and having their case against the homeowner thrown out.

    In fact the Florida DA should also be investigating the “servicer’s” they represent for accessory to fraud!

    Anyone out there in any state where Shapiro & his associates are operating should be sending this information to their DA… and lets not forget the Shapiro Network of Attorneys are “approved” council for Fannie Mae…

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