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Alabama Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Conspiracies to Rig Bids and Commit Mail...

WASHINGTON, DC - July 25, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- An Alabama real estate investor pleaded guilty today for his role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in southern Alabama, the Department of J...

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Wells Fargo Resulting in More Than $175 Million in...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 12, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Department of Justice today filed the second largest fair lending settlement in the department’s history to resolve allegations that Wells Fargo Bank, the largest residential home mortgage or...

Combating Financial Fraud by Educating Homeowners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 27, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Combating financial fraud is one of the top priorities of the Department of Justice under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder. Two and a half years ago, President Obama created the Finan...

Mortgage Fraud Summits Arm Distressed Homeowners with Information to Protect Them from Scams

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 27, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Department of Justice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Inspector General and the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Inspector General, among other ...

Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez Speaks on the...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 4, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Good afternoon. Thank you for joining us today to discuss the department’s $21 million settlement with SunTrust Mortgage for discrimination in the pricing of mortgage loans. I am honored to be joi...

Justice Department Sues Nation’s Largest Mortgage Insurance Provider for Discrimination Against Women on Paid...

WASHINGTON, DC - July 5, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department announced today that it has sued the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC), the nation’s largest mortgage insurance company, and two of its underwriters, Elgina Cunningham and Kelly Kane, for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against women on paid maternity leave.

Jury Convicts District Man of Murder, Obstruction Charges

WASHINGTON, DC - April 4, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Alfred Evans, 28, of Washington, D.C., was convicted by a jury today of charges stemming from the April 2003 murder of Reginald Brighthart, a 35-year-old homeless man, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

Two District Teenagers Plead Guilty to Burglary Charges

WASHINGTON, DC - March 29, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Jaquan Bragg and Tavon Barber, both 16 and both from Washington, D.C., have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a recent burglary in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Mississippi Mobile Home Park Owner and Managers

WASHINGTON, DC - January 19, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department today announced that Mississippi property owner Indigo Investments LLC, has agreed to pay $50,000 in monetary damages and civil penalties to settle the government’s Fair Housing Act lawsuit. The government alleged that Indigo and its former employees, Barbara A. Hamilton and Edward L. Hamilton, discriminated against African-American residents and members of interracial households at Homestead Mobile Home Village in Gulfport, Miss., which Indigo formerly owned and the Hamiltons formerly managed.

Justice Department Settles Disability Discrimination Case Against Property Management Company for $1.25 Million

WASHINGTON, DC - December 28, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department today announced a $1.25 million agreement with Warren Properties Inc., Warren Village (Mobile) Limited Partnership and Frank R. Warren to settle allegations that the defendants violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to grant a tenant’s requests for a reasonable accommodation. This settlement is the largest ever obtained by the department in an individual housing discrimination case.


SACRAMENTO, CA - December 20, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Melissa Villegas, 31, of Sacramento, the last defendant in a mortgage fraud scheme, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Edward J. Garcia to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Rick Villegas, 33, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty to mail fraud on December 15, 2010; Kathleen DeLapp, 47, of Auburn, pleaded guilty to misprision of felony on December 9, 2010; and Robert Martinson, 48, of Newcastle, pleaded guilty to mail fraud on January 8, 2010

Man Convicted of Killing Northwest Washington Couple

WASHINGTON, DC - December 13, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Jose Portillo, 22, was convicted by a jury today of first degree felony murder and other charges in the November 2008 slayings of Virginia and Michael Spevak, who were attacked while in their Northwest Washington home, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department announced.

Sports Manager and Accountant Charged in Multi-Count Indictment With Tax Evasion, Mortgage Fraud and...

WASHINGTON, DC - November 1, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Nathan A. Peake, a sports manager, and Gregory L. McCormick, an accountant, both residents of Silver Spring, Maryland, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a multi-count indictment accusing them of tax evasion and other charges

Justice Department Files Fair Housing Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination at Apartment Complex in Renton, Washington

WASHINGTON, DC - July 16, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against the owner, management company and former manager of Summerhill Place Apartments, a 268-unit apartment complex in Renton, Wash., for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin and familial status in the rental of apartments

Justice Department Resolves Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Housing Authority

WASHINGTON, DC - July 7, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department today announced that it has reached an agreement resolving its lawsuit against the Fitchburg, Mass., Housing Authority and its executive director, Robert W. Hill. The lawsuit alleged that the Fitchburg Housing Authority and Hill violated the Fair Housing Act by adopting and implementing policies that denied tenants with disabilities other than mobility impairments the opportunity to transfer between apartments within Fitchburg’s public housing neighborhoods.

Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Alleging Racial Discrimination at Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michigan Apartment Complex

WASHINGTON, DC - July 6, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The owners and operators of Ivanhoe House Apartments, an apartment complex in Ann Arbor, Mich., have agreed to pay $82,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department alleging that they had discriminated against African-American home-seekers, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Bloomingdale, Georgia, Landlord to Pay $680,000 to Settle Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, DC - June 24, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department today announced that Darwin Kenneth Morgan and his company, D.K. Morgan Consolidated LLC, have agreed to pay $680,000 in monetary damages and civil penalties to settle a Fair Housing Act lawsuit alleging that Morgan discriminated against African-Americans and sexually harassed female tenants and prospective tenants at Morgan Mobile Home Parks in Bloomingdale, Ga

U.S. Trustee Program Announces Resolution of Litigation Against Countrywide Home Loans Inc., in Consumer...

WASHINGTON, DC - June 7, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) has successfully resolved litigation against Countrywide Home Loans Inc. in its ongoing efforts to protect homeowners in bankruptcy, Clifford J. White III, Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees, announced today.

Justice Department Resolves Discrimination Lawsuit with Scranton, Pennsylvania, Apartment Complex

WASHINGTON, DC - March 18, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The United States has reached a settlement resolving a housing discrimination lawsuit in Pennsylvania concerning discrimination against families with children, the Justice Department announced.

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging Racial Discrimination at Ann Arbor, Michigan, Apartment Complex

WASHINGTON, DC - March 3, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against the owner and property manager of a 48-unit apartment complex in Ann Arbor, Mich., alleging that the defendants discriminated on the basis of race or color in the rental of apartments, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan announced.

Orange City Landlord and Manager to Pay $100,000 in Civil Penalties as Part of...

WASHINGTON, DC - March 2, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department today announced that landlord James Stevens, his company Fountain View Apartments Inc., and his former rental manager, Mildred Chastain, have agreed to pay $415,000 in monetary damages and civil penalties to settle a Fair Housing Act lawsuit alleging that they discriminated against African Americans and families with children at Fountain View Apartments, a 42-unit apartment complex in Orange City, Fla.



Six Companies Receive New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Certification

The Office of General Services Commissioner today announced that the following six businesses have recently been certified by the Office of General Services’ (OGS) Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development (DSDVBD)