Archive for February, 2017

FTC Reaches $1.7 Million Settlement with Final Defendant in Mortgage Relief Scheme

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On February 23, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it entered into a settlement with the final individual defendant in an alleged mortgage relief scheme worth over $1.7 million. As a result of a joint federal-state enforcement sweep known as “Operation Mis-Modification,” the FTC filed a complaint in…

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Mortgage Servicer Enters in to $225 Million Consent Order with California DBO

On February 17, 2017, the California Department of Business Oversight (California DBO) announced that it had entered in to a $225 million consent order with a national mortgage servicer following an investigation by a third-party auditor into loans serviced by the company in California between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2015.  The servicer had agreed to the audit…

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Student Loan Debt Collector Settles with FTC for $700,000 Over Alleged FDCPA and FTC Act Violations

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On February 14, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had entered into a stipulated order with a student loan debt collector, resolving allegations that the debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) in its servicing of over two million accounts in…

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Georgia AG Follows Familiar Pattern; Settles Suit Against California Payday Lender for Alleged Rent-A-Tribe Scheme

On February 9, the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Georgia (Georgia AG) announced that it reached a settlement and entered into a consent order with a California-based online lender relating to an alleged “rent-a-tribe” scheme.  The consent order, filed in Georgia state court, bars the lender from doing…

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CFPB Takes First MSA-Related Action in Nearly Two Years; Orders Mortgage Lender to Pay $3.5M Civil Penalty for Kickbacks

On January 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it ordered a California-based mortgage lender to pay $3.5 million in civil penalties for an illegal mortgage kickback scheme.  According to the CFPB, the lender entered into several different referral programs with multiple third parties, each of which the CFPB contends violated…

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Mortgage Lender Settles with HUD for Allegedly Making FHA Mortgage Loan Payments on Behalf of Borrowers

On February 7, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Inspector General for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced a settlement agreement and consent order with a residential mortgage lender and…

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CFPB and New York Attorney General File Suit Against Settlement Company For Allegedly Defrauding 9/11 Responders and NFL Players with Illegal Loans

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On February 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the New York Attorney General (NY AG) jointly announced they filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against a settlement advance company and its founder.  The Complaint alleges that the company violated section 1054 of…

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CFPB Orders Prepaid Card Service Provider and Processor to Pay $13 Million

On February 1, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement with a credit card service provider and a credit card provider over a disruption of service for prepaid credit card consumers. According to the CFPB, the credit card provider marketed its prepaid credit card to consumers nationally as a way to get…

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