Archive for July, 2017

Debt Collection Firm Enters Consent Judgment for $1 Million in Restitution with Massachusetts AG

On July 27, 2017, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (Massachusetts AG) annou​​nced that it ​entered into a consent judgment​ with the largest debt collection law firm in the state and two of its principals.  The agreed consent judgment, which asserted violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, G.L. chapter 93A, section 2, was entered​​ in…

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Arizona AG Obtains Judgment and Injunction Against Mortgage Relief Operation

On July 27, 2017, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (Arizona AG) announced that it had obtained a judgment​ against an allegedly fraudulent mortgage relief company and its owner.  The company is alleged to have targeted homeowners who were considering defaulting on “upside down” mortgages.  The company purportedly promised to take over…

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US Attorney Announces Settlement with Florida Condominium Complex Over Alleged FHA Reverse Mortgage Fraud

On July 20, 2017, acting United States Attorney Stephen Muldrow announced a civil settlement with the owner of a Florida condominium complex over fraudulent reverse mortgage transactions.  Defendant had been accused of violating the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (“FIRREA”). The Federal…

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FTC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Freezing Assets of Debt Collection Operation

​On July 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida entered a temporary restraining​ order (“TRO”) halting operations and freezing the assets of a debt collection operation, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)​. The FTC charged the defendant company and individuals with violating Section 5(a)…

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Debt Collector Ordered to Pay $25 Million to State of Texas for Illegal Debt Collection Practices

On July 11, 2017, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton secured a $25 million judgment and permanent injunction against a portfolio management company and a small law office for violations of the Texas Debt Collection Act, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, and Identity Theft Protection and Enforcement Act. A jury in the District Court of…

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Massachusetts AG Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against Debt Collection Law Firm Over Illegal Practices

On July 13, 2017, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (“Massachusetts AG”) announced​ that it obtained a preliminary injunction against a debt collection law firm and its principal attorney.  The Massachusetts AG alleged that the law firm engaged in unlawful collection practices, in violation of the Massachusetts AG’s debt collection regulations. The law firm collected debts for…

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HUD Bans Mortgage Lender from Originating FHA-Insured Loans Because of False Financial Statements

​On July 11, 2017, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced​ that its Mortgagee Review Board had suspended a national mortgage lender from originating and underwriting new mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  ​HUD’s Departmental Enforcement Center also banned the lender’s owner from doing business with the federal…

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Mortgage Lender Pays $4.157 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Concerning FHA Loans

​On July 3, 2017, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the HUD Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced that they had reached a settlement with a national mortgage lender, resolving…

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CFPB Files Complaints Against Credit Repair Companies for Charging Illegal Fees and Misleading Consumers

On June 27, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced​ that it filed two complaints and proposed final judgments against four California-based credit repair companies for misleading consumers and charging illegal fees. The CFPB alleged that the companies charged illegal advance fees for credit repair services and misrepresented their ability to repair…

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