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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.
Two Florida Men Sentenced for Defrauding Thousands of Homeowners in $4 Million Nationwide Home Loan Modification Scam
February 21, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
BOSTON – February 21, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Two Florida men were sentenced today to serve 84 months in prison for defrauding thousands of homeowners in a $4 million nationwide home loan modification scheme. United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Departmentâ€™s Criminal Division, and Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) Christy Romero made the announcement
JPMorgan Chase to Pay $614 Million for Submitting False Claims for FHA-insured and VA-guaranteed Mortgage Loans
February 5, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 4, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Department of Justice today announced that JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) will pay $614 million for violating the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting non-compliant mortgage loans submitted for insurance coverage and guarantees by the Department of Housing and Urban Developmentâ€™s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). JPMC is a bank and financial services company headquartered in New York
January 16, 2014 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 16, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Two former Miami real estate agents were sentenced today for their roles in a $2.4 million mortgage fraud scheme, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Departmentâ€™s Criminal Division.
Developer Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Orchestrating Massive Mortgage Fraud Involving Over $7 Million in Loss
December 24, 2013 Posted by USDOJ
BOSTON – December 24, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — A Boston man was sentenced late yesterday on charges relating to a massive mortgage fraud that he orchestrated
December 20, 2013 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 20, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Justice Department announced today that developer Douglas Pauley and entities affiliated with him have agreed to pay $110,000 and make all retrofits required to remove accessibility barriers at 30 apartment complexes, involving more than 750 units, in West Virginia that were developed through the federal governmentâ€™s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. The partiesâ€™ agreement will settle the United Statesâ€™ claims that defendants violated the Fair Housing Act by building the complexes with a variety of features that made them inaccessible to persons with disabilities.
Justice Department Files Fair Housing Lawsuit Against Owner and Manager of Rental Housing in New Hampshire for Discrimination Against Families with Children
December 17, 2013 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 17, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against the owner and manager of rental apartments in Jaffrey, N.H., for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against families with children.
Former Chief Executive of Mortgage Servicing Company Sentenced for Scheme to Withhold Funds from Wells Fargo Bank
December 12, 2013 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 12, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Earl Gross, 74, of Las Vegas, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Mortgage, a loan servicing company, was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison for his role in an $8 million scheme to defraud Wells Fargo Bank.
Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging Disability-Based Discrimination at Hartville, Ohio, Condominium Complex
December 4, 2013 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 3, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Justice Department filed a lawsuit late yesterday against the owners, builders and designers of a 54-unit condominium complex in Hartville, Ohio, for violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The lawsuit alleges that the defendants violated the law when they designed and constructed the complex with barriers that make it inaccessible to persons with disabilities.
Justice Department Charges Minn. Condominium Association, Management Company and Property Manager with Discrimination Against Families with Children
November 26, 2013 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 26, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) –The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against the homeownerâ€™s association, management company and property manager of a Minnetonka, Minn., condominium complex, alleging that they discriminated against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act