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SARs Regarding Foreclosure Rescue Scams Increase

VIENNA, VA - October 9, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Suspicious activity reports (SARs) regarding foreclosure rescue scams continued to grow in the first half of 2012, even as the total number of SARs indicating mortgage loan fraud (MLF) declined, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced today in its latest Mortgage Loan Fraud Update. This update to FinCEN's prior MLF reports looks at SAR filings from April through June 2012 (2012 Q2).

FinCEN Reminds Mortgage Companies and Brokers of New Regulatory Requirements

VIENNA, VA - August 17, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Director James H. Freis, Jr. today announced the issuance of an advisory for non-bank residential mortgage lenders and originators (RMLOs) to help them identify and report suspicious activity related to potential mortgage fraud. In his remarks before the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators' (AARMR's) 23rd Annual Regulatory Conference, he also discussed FinCEN's new anti-money laundering (AML) requirements for RMLOs. As of Monday, Aug. 13, RMLOs must comply with FinCEN's final rule requiring the establishment of AML programs and the filing of suspicious activity reports (SARs).

FinCEN Proposes Anti-Money Laundering/Suspicious Activity Reporting Rules for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Federal Home...

VIENNA, VA - November 3, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today proposed regulations that would require government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks to develop anti-money laundering (AML) programs and file suspicious activity reports (SARs) with FinCEN.

Second Quarter Mortgage Loan Fraud Suspicious Activity Persists Debt Elimination, False Statement among Leading...

VIENNA, VA - September 28, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today reported in its Second Quarter 2011 Analysis of mortgage loan fraud suspicious activity reports (MLF SARs) that financial institutions filed 29,558 MLF SARs in the second quarter of 2011 up from 15,727 MLF SARs reported in the same quarter of 2010.

FinCEN Attributes Increase in Suspicious Activity Reports Involving Mortgage Fraud to Repurchase Demands

VIENNA, VA - June 28, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today, in its First Quarter 2011 Mortgage Loan Fraud (MLF) analysis, reported that the number of MLF suspicious activity reports (SARs) rose to 25,485 up 31 percent from 19,420 in the first quarter of 2010. FinCEN attributes the increase to large mortgage lenders conducting additional reviews after receiving demands to repurchase poorly performing mortgage loans. In the first quarter of 2011, 86 percent of MLF SARs reported activities which occurred more than two years prior to the filing of the SARs.

FinCEN Releases Commercial Real Estate Fraud Analysis and Advisory

VIENNA, VA - March 30, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today released its analysis of suspicious activity reports (SARs) that call attention to possible fraud in the commercial real estate financing arena. The analysis, Commercial Real Estate Financing Fraud Suspicious Activity Reports by Depository Institutions, found that reported incidences of suspicious activity in commercial real estate financing as reported by depository institutions filing SARs almost tripled between 2007 and 2010, the period which FinCEN examined.

FinCEN’s 2010 Mortgage Fraud Report: SAR Filings Up; Potential Abuse of Bankruptcy Identified

VIENNA, VA - March 28, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in its new report, Mortgage Loan Fraud SAR Filings In Fourth Quarter and Calendar Year 2010, today released full year data showing the number of suspicious activity reports involving mortgage loan fraud (MLF SARs) increased 4 percent in 2010 to 70,472 compared with 67,507 MLF SARs filed in 2009. The report also shows that the growth rate of MLF SARs began to slow over the last two to three years. Looking at just the 2010 fourth quarter, filers submitted 18,759 MLF SARs, a 1 percent decrease from the 18,884 filings over the same period in 2009.

MBA Comments to FinCEN on Proposal to Expand Suspicious Activity Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- On Friday, February 4, 2011, the Mortgage Bankers Association, (MBA) submitted the attached comment letter to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in response to FinCEN’s proposal to expand its anti-money laundering programs to help reduce mortgage fraud against lenders through a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) reporting requirement (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 1506-AB02).

MBA Comments to FinCEN on Proposal to Expand Suspicious Activity Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 4, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- On Friday, February 4, 2011, the Mortgage Bankers Association, (MBA) submitted the attached comment letter to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in response to FinCEN’s proposal to expand its anti-money laundering programs to help reduce mortgage fraud against lenders through a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) reporting requirement (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 1506-AB02).

Third Quarter Reports of Mortgage Fraud Up Slightly Mortgage Fraud as Percentage of All...

VIENNA, VA - January 6, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today released its third quarter 2010 mortgage fraud report, Mortgage Loan Fraud SAR Filings. The report shows that suspicious activity reports (SARs) characterized by filers as indicating possible mortgage loan fraud (MLF) increased 2 percent to 16,693 in the third quarter of 2010 up from 16,339 MLF SARs in the 2009 third quarter.

Mortgage Fraud Suspicious Activity Reports Rise 7 Percent Increase in the First Half of...

VIENNA, VA - December 14, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today released two mortgage fraud reports entitled Mortgage Loan Fraud SAR Filings, which together cover the first six months of 2010; one report covers January through March 2010, and the other covers April through June 2010.

FinCEN Proposes AML Plan for Non-Bank Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Brokers and More Mortgage Bankers...

VIENNA, VA - December 6, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today proposed a requirement that non-bank residential mortgage lenders and originators, like other types of financial institutions, establish anti-money laundering (AML) programs and comply with suspicious activity report (SAR) regulations

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DOE and NOAA Announce Prize Competition to Power Ocean Observing Platforms...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), along with NOAA, announced a $3 million prize competition to generate innovation in marine energy-powered ocean observing platforms.