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August 6, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest today arguing that making it a crime for people who are homeless to sleep in public places, when there is insufficient shelter space in a city, unconstitutionally punishes them for being homeless. The statement of interest was filed in federal district court in Idaho in Bell v. City of Boise et al., a case brought by homeless plaintiffs who were convicted under Boise ordinances that criminalize sleeping or camping in public
Former Real Estate Developer and Two Virginia Recruiters Plead Guilty on Eve of Trial to Mortgage Fraud Scheme
June 3, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
A former realtor/developer and two out-of-state recruiters pleaded guilty yesterday to wire and bank fraud charges in connection with a multi-year, multi-property mortgage fraud scheme in Boston.
Houston Doctor and Group Home Owner Indicted for Alleged Roles in $5.2 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
May 7, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Departmentâ€™s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBIâ€™s Houston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Lucy R. Cruz of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigationâ€™s (IRS-CI) Houston Field Office, the Texas Attorney Generalâ€™s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) and Special Agent in Charge Mike Fields of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector Generalâ€™s (HHS-OIG) Dallas Field Office made the announcement.
United States Files Lawsuit Alleging that Quicken Loans Improperly Originated and Underwrote Federal Housing Administration-Insured Mortgage Loans
April 23, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
The United States has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Quicken Loans Inc. under the False Claims Act for improperly originating and underwriting mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Justice Department announced today. Quicken is a mortgage lender headquartered in Detroit.
Justice Department Sues San Francisco Enrolled Agent to Bar Promotion of Abusive Tax Avoidance Schemes and From Preparing Tax Returns for Others
April 23, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
The United States filed a complaint to bar a San Francisco enrolled agent and tax return preparer from implementing, facilitating and promoting allegedly abusive tax shelters and tax avoidance schemes, the Justice Department announced today
Former Chelsea Housing Authority Executive and Former Public Housing Inspector Convicted of Rigging Inspection Process
April 7, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
A former executive of the Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) and a former public housing inspector were convicted on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, for their roles in rigging the inspection process of federally funded housing units.
April 1, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
on March 26, 2015, the Department of Justice approved a Prospective Purchaser Agreement (PPA) with Reichhold, LLC for the purchase of a chemical manufacturing business on 8.8 acres in Azusa, California. The property is part of the San Gabriel Valley Area 2 Superfund Site, Baldwin Park, California, Operable Unit and is located in an environmental justice community, where approximately 79 percent of the population is Latino, 35 percent of the population lives below two times the federal poverty level and 25 percent of the population over the age of 25 has less than a high school education level
March 19, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
Gilbane Building Company will pay the United States $1.1 million to resolve allegations that W.G. Mills Incorporated â€“ a company with which Gilbane merged in November 2010 â€“ violated the False Claims Act by creating a front company, Veterans Constructors Incorporated (VCI), in order to be awarded a Coast Guard contract that was designated for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs), the Justice Department announced today.Â
Attorney General Holder Remarks Announcing Six Pilot Cities for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice
March 12, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
Thank you all for being here this afternoon. I want to address the heinous attacks that occurred against two brave law enforcement officers in Ferguson, Missouri, last night. I unequivocally condemn these repugnant attacks. I know that all of us in the law enforcement familyâ€”and all Americans across the countryâ€”are hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.
March 10, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
Our growing reliance on computer networks and electronic devices in almost every aspect of our lives has been accompanied by an increasing threat from individuals, organized criminal networks, and nation states who victimize American citizens and businesses.Â Hackers can steal or hold for ransom our most valuable and personal information
U.S. Trustee Program Reaches $50 Million Settlement with JPMorgan Chase to Protect Homeowners in Bankruptcy
March 3, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 3, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Department of Justiceâ€™s U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) has entered into a national settlement agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. (Chase) requiring Chase to pay more than $50 million, including cash payments, mortgage loan credits and loan forgiveness, to over 25,000 homeowners who are or were in bankruptcy. Chase will also change internal operations and submit to oversight by an independent compliance reviewer. The proposed settlement has been filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, where it is subject to court approval
March 2, 2015 Posted by USDOJ
BOSTON – March 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The owner of a home nursing agency was sentenced yesterday to 92 months in prison for fraudulently billing millions of dollars of services to Medicare and then laundering the proceeds.
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.