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Two Real Estate Investors Plead Guilty to Rigging Bids at Public Home Foreclosure Auctions

Two Georgia real estate investors pleaded guilty today for their roles in bid-rigging and fraud conspiracies committed at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Georgia, the Department of Justice announced.

Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reach Settlement with BancorpSouth Bank to Resolve...

The Justice Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement agreement today to resolve allegations that BancorpSouth Bank violated the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by using policies and practices that unlawfully discriminated against African Americans and other residents of predominantly minority communities in the Memphis, Tennessee, area, as well as parts of neighboring Mississippi and Arkansas

Former Attorney Pleads Guilty to Participating in Fraudulent Mortgage Modification Scheme

The Department of Justice announced that a former California licensed attorney pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, for his role in a multi-million dollar fraudulent mortgage modification scheme

Justice Department Settles Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit with Ohio Developer and Architect

The Justice Department announced today that Dean Windham and Milton Studer, a real estate developer and an architect in Ohio, as well as several companies that they owned and controlled, have agreed to pay a total of $160,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the Fair Housing Act by designing and constructing two neighboring condominium complexes in Hartville, Ohio, with a variety of features that made them inaccessible to persons with disabilities.

Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development Award $9.2 Million to Provide Stable...

In an effort to help prevent victims of domestic violence living with HIV/AIDS from falling into homelessness, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced more than $9 million to support eight local programs across the country working to protect and house these victims

USGBC Partners with Tata Housing to bring 20 Million Square Feet of LEED and...

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its certification body Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), announced a strategic partnership agreement with Tata Housing, one of India’s fastest growing real estate development companies. The partnership is designed to jumpstart the availability of LEED and WELL certified homes throughout the country and commits to certifying 20 million square feet of residential space to the LEED green building program and the WELL building standard

Former Bank Manager Sentenced to Prison for Role in Massive Mortgage Fraud

A former bank manager was sentenced on Friday, May 27, 2016 in connection with a multi-year, multi-property mortgage fraud scheme in Dorchester. Arthur Samuels, 41, of Mattapan, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf to one year and one day in prison, two years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution of $2,229,492.  In 2012, Samuels pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud.

M&T Bank Agrees to Pay $64 Million to Resolve Alleged False Claims Act Liability...

M&T Bank Corp. (M&T Bank) has agreed to pay the United States $64 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting mortgage loans insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) that did not meet applicable requirements, the Justice Department announced today. M&T Bank is headquartered in Buffalo, New York

The Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development to Award $1.75 Million to...

In an effort to help young people involved in the justice system find jobs and housing, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced $1.75 million for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and nonprofit legal service organizations to address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and a place to call home. 

Freedom Mortgage Corporation Agrees to Pay $113 Million to Resolve Alleged False Claims Act...

Freedom Mortgage Corporation has agreed to pay the United States $113 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting single family mortgage loans insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) that did not meet applicable requirements for the FHA insurance program, the Justice Department announced today.  Freedom Mortgage Corporation is headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

Goldman Sachs Agrees to Pay More than $5 Billion in Connection with Its Sale...

The Justice Department, along with federal and state partners, announced today a $5.06 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs related to Goldman’s conduct in the packaging, securitization, marketing, sale and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2005 and 2007. The resolution announced today requires Goldman to pay $2.385 billion in a civil penalty under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) and also requires the bank to provide $1.8 billion in other relief, including relief to underwater homeowners, distressed borrowers and affected communities, in the form of loan forgiveness and financing for affordable housing.

Wells Fargo Bank Agrees to Pay $1.2 Billion for Improper Mortgage Lending Practices

Wells Fargo Bank Admits That It Certified that Loans Were Eligible for FHA Mortgage Insurance When They Were Not, and That It Did Not Disclose Thousands of Faulty Mortgage Loans to HUD

Owner and Captain of Commercial Fishing Vessel Indicted for Clean Water and Ship Pollution...

Defendants Allegedly Participated in and Ordered the Illegal Discharge of Bilge Wastes Over the Course of Several Years. The owner and captain of the commercial F/V Native Sun, were indicted Thursday for conspiracy, as well as violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS).

Omron Automotive Electronics Co. Ltd. to Pay $4.55 Million for Bid Rigging on Power...

Omron Automotive Electronics Co. Ltd has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $4.55 million criminal fine for conspiring to rig bids on power window switches installed in Honda Civics sold to U.S. consumers, the Department of Justice today announced

United States Resolves Civil Suit Against Westbury-Based Mortgage Lender

Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, David A. Montoya, Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Frederick W. Gibson, Acting Inspector General for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation today announced the settlement of claims against Continental Mortgage Bankers d/b/a Financial Equities and its president, Walter Stashin, in United States v. Rainy Day Holdings, LLC. et al., Civil Action No. CV-15-5576. The case is pending in federal court in Central Islip before United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco.


Protecting the federal taxpayers from those who submit false or fraudulent claims on the federal fisc is a crucial function of the Department of Justice and that function includes working to protect the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  This work is just one aspect of the department’s broader efforts to combat the type of financial fraud that recently drove the American economy to the brink.

United States Files Suit Against California Telemarketer to Halt Unlawful Robocalls Promoting Solar Panel...

The Department of Justice filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, to halt a telemarketing campaign that allegedly resulted in over a million illegal phone calls to consumers who had placed their phone numbers on the Do Not Call Registry, the Department of Justice announced today.


This week, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Domestic Policy Council (DPC) Director Cecilia Muñoz co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (WH-LAIR). Civil legal aid is free legal assistance to low- and moderate-income people who have civil legal problems. These problems are non-criminal; rather, civil legal aid helps people access basic necessities such as health care, housing, government benefits, employment and educational services.

Former Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Bulk Cash...

A Fort Buchanan Army Reserve Staff Sergeant was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for bulk cash smuggling of $113,050 and theft of government property worth $6,302.69 while serving in Afghanistan

Justice Department Reaches $470 Million Joint State-Federal Settlement with HSBC to Address Mortgage Loan...

The Justice Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with 49 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia’s attorney general, have reached a $470 million agreement with HSBC Bank USA NA and its affiliates (collectively, HSBC) to address mortgage origination, servicing and foreclosure abuses.


Affordable Housing Comes to U Street with the Funding of Portner...

On July 7th, the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) closed on the financing of an affordable housing development in one the District’s most sought after neighborhoods, the U Street Corridor. The Agency issued $27 million in short term DCHFA tax exempt bonds providing a portion of the funding for the acquisition of Portner Place and construction of Portner Flats (1440-1450 V Street, NW) located in Ward 1, one block west of The Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Streets, NW



Sales of new single-family houses in July 2016 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 654,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is 12.4 percent (±12.7%)* above the revised June rate of 582,000 and is 31.3 percent (±19.9%)* above the July 2015 estimate of 498,000