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Service Members to Receive Over $123 Million for Unlawful Foreclosures Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
February 10, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 10, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Justice Department announced today that under its settlements with five of the nationâ€™s largest mortgage servicers, 952 service members and their co-borrowers are eligible to receive over $123 million for non-judicial foreclosures that violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).Â The five mortgage servicers are JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. (JP Morgan Chase); Wells Fargo Bank N.A. and Wells Fargo & Co. (Wells Fargo); Citi Residential Lending Inc., Citibank, NA and CitiMortgage Inc. (Citi); GMAC Mortgage, LLC, Ally Financial Inc. and Residential Capital LLC (GMAC Mortgage); and BAC Home Loans Servicing LP formerly known as Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP (Bank of America)
California Charter Bus Company Owners Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud and Bank Home Mortgage Fraud
February 5, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 5, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Two San Jose, California, brothers were sentenced to prison for committing tax fraud and bank fraud, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Departmentâ€™s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of the Northern District of California announced.
Real Estate Businessman Convicted of Tax Fraud by Concealing Income Using Nominee Entities and Aliases
February 2, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — A federal jury sitting in Providence, Rhode Island, convicted a Cranston, Rhode Island, man of one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), one count of tax evasion and two counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false corporate tax returns, the Justice Department and the IRS announced
Attorney General Holder Delivers Remarks at Regional Roundtable Meeting in Chicago on Building Community Trust
December 15, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — I want to thank Mayor [Rahm] Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy for welcoming me to this great city, as well as our outstanding U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Zach Fardon, for his help in pulling together this important meeting
November 24, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A federal jury convicted three Miami real estate developers today for their roles in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme involving the sale of condominium units in the Miami area.
October 7, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 7, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Justice Department announced today that a Montana builder, Gabriel Nistler, and an engineer, Derek Brown, have agreed to pay over $26,000 and remove accessibility barriers at three apartment buildings in Helena, Montana, in order to settle a lawsuit alleging that they had violated the Fair Housing Act.
Owner and Seven Employees of Mortgage Company and Two Real Estate Developers Indicted for $50 Million Scam Involving Federally Insured Mortgages
August 29, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 29, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The owner of a Florida mortgage company, seven employees of the company and two real estate developers were indicted in the Southern District of Florida in connection with an alleged $50 million mortgage fraud scheme.
Justice Department Obtains $100,000 Settlement in Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Cleveland Landlord
August 18, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Justice Department announced today that the manager and owner of the Linden House Apartments in Cleveland have agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve allegations that they refused to rent to individuals because the individuals had children . The settlement must still be approved by U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr.
Justice Department Obtains $80,000 Settlement in Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against California Landlord
July 28, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the owners and operators of Woodland Garden Apartments in Fremont, California, to settle allegations of discrimination against families with children. Under the consent order, which must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the defendants are required to pay $77,500 to the victims of their discrimination and an additional $2,500 to the government as a civil penalty. The settlement resolves a complaint filed by the department on Oct. 25, 2013.
Associate Attorney General Tony West Outlines Justice Departmentâ€™s Approach to Toxic Mortgage Cases
July 18, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Two days after the historic Citigroup settlement, Associate Attorney General Tony West outlined the Justice Departmentâ€™s approach to resolving the remaining cases related to Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) misconduct that contributed to the financial crisis. West declared that the department would not hesitate to bring litigation against these firms if these principles were not met
July 4, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 4, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Department of Justice today announced an agreement with SunTrust Mortgage Inc. that resolves a criminal investigation of SunTrustâ€™s administration of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).
Federal Government and State Attorneys General Reach Nearly $1 Billion Agreement with SunTrust to Address Mortgage Loan Origination as Well as Servicing and Foreclosure Abuses
June 18, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Justice Department, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), along with 49 state attorneys general and the District of Columbiaâ€™s attorney general have reached a $968 million agreement with SunTrust Mortgage Inc. (SunTrust) to address mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses.
Six Miami-Area Residents Plead Guilty to Mortgage Fraud Scheme Involving Four Condominium Developments
May 16, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Six Miami-area residents, including three former loan officers, pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Florida this week to participating in a fraudulent scheme designed to enrich real estate developers by selling condominium units to straw buyers.
May 13, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
BOSTON – May 13, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The former Executive Director of Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) pleaded guilty today for rigging the inspection process for federally-funded housing units at the CHA.
Maryland Man Sentenced for Defrauding Thousands of Homeowners in $4 Million Nationwide Home Loan Modification Scam
April 25, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
BOSTON – April 25, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A Maryland man was sentenced today to serve one year and a day in prison for defrauding thousands of homeowners in a $4 million nationwide home loan modification scheme
April 23, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) –The Justice Department announced today that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana approved its settlement with the city of New Orleans regarding a housing discrimination lawsuit late yesterday
April 10, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
Washington, D.C. – April 10, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named the recipients of the 2013 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in residential green building. The award categories recognize innovative multi- and single-family projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developers, an overall commitment to LEED for Homes and Project of the Year
April 1, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 1, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A federal grand jury in Mobile, Ala., returned a one-count indictment against a former real estate investor, charging him with conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of a scheme related to public real estate foreclosure auctions held in southern Alabama, the Department of Justice announced today
March 27, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
BOSTON – March 27, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A Mansfield man was arrested Monday and arraigned in U.S. District Court in Boston on Tuesday, March 24 on charges that he defrauded a married couple out of nearly $200,000 in connection with alleged real estate transactions
March 4, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
BOSTON – March 4, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) –â€“ A Dominican national living in Medway was convicted yesterday of fraudulently receiving more than $120,000 in federal housing funds.