Tagged as: Mortgage Loans

CFPB & DOJ Reach $27M Settlement with Regional Bank over Redlining Allegations

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​On September 24, 2015, the CFPB and the DOJ announced a settlement with a regional bank over allegeatoins that it engaged in redlining practices in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). According to the complaint, the bank allegedly discriminated against minorities by systematically preventing residents of certain minority neighborhoods from…

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Nevada Attorney General Announces Criminal Indictments of Individuals for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

On September 22, 2015, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office announced criminal indictments of several individuals relating to a mortgage fraud scheme. The defendants, who owned and operated a regional mortgage company, allegedly promised homeowners they qualified for a federal program known as the “Neighborhood Stabilization Plan.” As alleged in the…

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HUD Announces Settlement Agreements with Two Mortgage Lenders Over Alleged Violations of FHA Rules

On August 10, 2015, HUD announced​ that it had reached settlement agreements with two regional mortgage companies over allegations that the companies failed to comply with HUD’s Fair Housing Act regulations. Both companies obtained approval from HUD to originate FHA-insured mortgage loans. According to HUD, one of the companies charged illegal…

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Bank Reveals DOJ False Claims Act Investigation of FHA Loans

On August 5, 2015, a bank revealed in an U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Justice (collectively, the “Government”) are currently investigating whether the bank complied with underwriting requirements on loans…

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CFPB Summarizes Recent Results of Supervisory Enforcement

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On June 23, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Supervisory Highlights report detailing the Bureau’s supervision efforts for the first four months of 2015. The report summarizes the most common “illegal practices” uncovered by the Bureau and identifies the areas where the Bureau has  focused on in its…

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Maryland Attorney General Settles with Mortgage and Credit Counseling Companies Over Claims of False Representations and Illegal Fees

On June 22, 2015, the Maryland Attorney General announced a settlement with two regional mortgage and credit consulting companies and their sole owner over claims the companies made false representations regarding their ability to obtain mortgage approval for consumers, solicited illegal advance fees, and engaged in credit counseling without the…

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Mortgage Lender Enters Into Consent Order With CFPB Over Steering Allegations

​On June 4, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered a consent order with a regional residential-mortgage lender over allegations that the lender paid bonuses and higher commissions to loan officers for steering consumers into mortgages with higher interest rates.  The complaint, also filed on June 4, alleged that the company…

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