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Third Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging in Florida Online Foreclosure Auctions

Real estate investor Avi Stern pleaded guilty today in West Palm Beach, in connection with an ongoing investigation into bid rigging at online public foreclosure auctions in Florida, the Department of Justice announced. Stern is the third real estate investor to plead guilty in this investigation.

Federal Court Orders Tax Scheme Promoters to Disgorge $50 Million in Gains From Fraudulent...

A federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah, ordered R. Gregory Shepard and Neldon Johnson and Utah companies RaPower-3 LLC, and International Automated Systems, Inc., to disgorge over $50 million in gross receipts from facilitating and promoting an abusive tax scheme involving false tax deductions and solar energy credits
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New York Attorney Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud Related to Multimillion-Dollar Embezzlement From Deceased...

A New York licensed attorney and former partner at a New York law firm pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion arising from a scheme to embezzle millions of dollars
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Justice Department Obtains $410,000 Settlement of Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Tinley Park, Illinois, for...

The Justice Department today announced that it settled a lawsuit against the Village of Tinley Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, alleging that it violated the Fair Housing Act when it refused to approve a low-income housing development in response to race-based community opposition.
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Owner of Now-Defunct Real Estate Escrow Company Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for...

The owner of a former real estate escrow firm was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 24 months in prison for bank fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. LORI LYNN ANDREW, 49, of Cashmere, Washington, the owner of Hartman Escrow, Inc., pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. ANDREW stole more than $2.1 million through a variety of techniques
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Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging at Online Auctions

Real estate investor Christopher Graeve pleaded guilty today in West Palm Beach, in connection with an ongoing investigation into bid rigging at online public foreclosure auctions in Florida, the Department of Justice announced. Graeve is the second real estate investor to plead guilty
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Wells Fargo Agrees to Pay $2.09 Billion Penalty for Allegedly Misrepresenting Quality of Loans...

The Justice Department announced today that Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and several of its affiliates (Wells Fargo) will pay a civil penalty of $2.09 billion under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) based on the bank’s alleged origination and sale of residential mortgage loans that it knew contained misstated income information and did not meet the quality that Wells Fargo represented.
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Delaware County Owner of Mortgage and Title Companies Sentenced to Five Years in Prison...

U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that George Barnard, of Newtown Square, was sentenced today to five years in federal prison for defrauding lenders of almost $13 million. Barnard, 47, pleaded guilty to multiple fraud counts in April. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,774,941.89 and to forfeit $4,262,279.38 in proceeds he obtained through his commission of the offense
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Three California Residents Sentenced in $20 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Three owners and/or managers of Los Angeles, California-area foreclosure rescue companies, Dorothy Matsuba, Jamie Matsuba, and Thomas Matsuba, were sentenced to 240, 135, and 168 months in prison today for their roles in a foreclosure rescue scheme, respectively.
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Texas Construction Company’s Owner and CEO Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding the State Department

The owner, chief executive officer, and former president of a Texas construction company, HERC Solutions, was sentenced to 18 months in prison today for defrauding the U.S. Department of State out of $1.37 million. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia
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Real Estate Attorney Sentenced for Role in Sweeping Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

A real estate attorney was sentenced today in connection with a sweeping conspiracy to defraud banks and mortgage companies by engaging in sham “short” sales of residential properties in Merrimack Valley.
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President and Vice President of South Florida Construction Company Charged with Defrauding Low-Income Housing...

President and vice president of South Florida construction company charged with defrauding low-income housing development program. Benjamin G. Greenberg, U.S. Attorney for the Southern
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Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Rigging Bids at Online Foreclosure Auctions

Real estate investor Stuart Hankin pleaded guilty today for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids, in violation of antitrust law, at online public foreclosure auctions in Florida, the Department of Justice announced. He is the first defendant to plead guilty in this conspiracy.
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Sixth Mississippi Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Rig Bids at Public...

Mississippi real estate investor Ivan Spinner became the sixth real estate investor to plead guilty in connection with the ongoing investigation into bid rigging at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Mississippi, the Department of Justice announced.
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Former President of Hartford Nonprofit Arrested for Stealing from HUD Programs

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that STEVEN F. HARVIN, 53, of New Haven, was arrested today on a criminal complaint charging him with wire fraud and theft from programs receiving federal funds.
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Chairman of Macau Real Estate Development Company Sentenced to Prison for Role in Scheme...

The chairman of a real estate development company was sentenced today to 48 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a scheme to bribe United Nations ambassadors to obtain support to build a conference center in Macau that would host, among other events, the annual United Nations Global South-South Development Expo
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Five Real Estate Investors Sentenced for Rigging Bids at Northern California Public Foreclosure Auctions

Five real estate investors were sentenced yesterday for their role in a conspiracy to rig bids, in violation of the antitrust laws, at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California,
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Justice Department Obtains Settlement of Case Alleging Disability-Based Discrimination in Housing in Ellensburg, Washington

The Justice Department announced today that it has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit against the owners, builder, and designer of the Ashlynn Estates, a three-building dormitory-style property near Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Keith and Tamra Riexinger own the property, and Riexinger Enterprises Inc. (also known as Crossroads Construction) designed and built it.
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Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks at the Fair Housing Act 50th Anniversary

Thank you, Jesse for that kind introduction and thank you for your continued outstanding leadership at the Department as our Acting Associate Attorney General. I want to thank John Gore for doing a fabulous job as acting head of the Civil Rights Division.
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Barclays Agrees to Pay $2 Billion in Civil Penalties to Resolve Claims for Fraud...

The United States has reached agreement with Barclays Capital, Inc. and several of its affiliates (together, Barclays) to settle a civil action filed in December 2016 in which the United States sought civil penalties for alleged conduct related to Barclays’ underwriting and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2005 and 2007.  Barclays will pay the United States two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) in civil penalties in exchange for dismissal of the Amended Complaint.

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Top Tips For Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. While moving home can be a whirlwind, with a good understanding of the process and what documents you need to be completed by what stage of the moving process, you can rest assured that your move will go to plan. In order to make buying your first home easier for you, we've put together some of our top tips.

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HUD AND VA ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS FIND...

In a continuing effort to help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announce a second round of funding to help provide permanent homes to veterans and their families experiencing homelessness in six states and the District of Columbia.