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Former Officers of American Mortgage Specialists Inc. Plead Guilty in North Dakota to Conspiracy...

WASHINGTON, DC - October 22, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Two former officers of Arizona-based residential mortgage loan originator American Mortgage Specialists Inc. (AMS) pleaded guilty today for their roles in a $27 million scheme to defraud North Da...

Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Distressed Homeowner Initiative Press Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 9, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Good morning. Today I’m joined by several key leaders in the federal government’s ongoing work to combat financial fraud – and specifically, to prevent and punish the various types of mortg...

Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force Members Reveal Results of Distressed Homeowner Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 9, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Eric Holder, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin L. Perkins and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz...

U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado John Walsh Speaks at the Residential Mortgage-Backed...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 3, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Thank you, Attorney General Schneiderman for that kind introduction. First and foremost, this announcement is a reflection of the hard work of the men and women of the New York Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez Speaks at the Chicago CityLIFT Program Annoucement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 3, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Good morning, and thank you for that generous introduction. I am honored to be here with Attorney General Madigan, who has been a national leader among state attorneys general in the wake of the ...

Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West Speaks at the Residential Mortgage-backed Securities Working Group...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 2, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Good morning, everyone, and thank you all for being here. My name is Tony West, and I’m the Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States, the third-ranking official here at the Depart...

Justice Department Sues Owners and Manager of Rental Homes in North Carolina for Engaging...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 26, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the owners and manager of approximately two dozen rental homes in Washington, N,C., alleging that th...

Justice Department Sues Owner of Alabama Mobile Home Park for Engaging in Race Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 11, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the owner and operator of the Heritage Point mobile home park in Montgomery, Ala., alleging that the companies and th...

Two Investment Advisors Convicted in California of High Yield Investment Fraud

WASHINGTON, DC - August 28, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- William J. Ferry, a former stock broker and investment advisor, and Dennis J. Clinton, a former real estate investment manager, were found guilty by a federal jury in Santa Ana, Calif., today for t...

Justice Department Reaches Lending Discrimination Settlement with GFI Mortgage Bankers Inc.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 28, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- GFI Mortgage Bankers Inc., a large independent home mortgage firm that concentrates on the New York, New Jersey, and Florida markets, will pay $3.555 million to resolve a lending discrimination l...

Twelve-Year Federal Fugitive Indicted for Fraud and Identity Theft in Nationwide Foreclosure Rescue Scam

WASHINGTON, DC - August 20, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Federal authorities have charged a former Los Angeles man with aggravated identity theft and having operated a foreclosure-rescue scam in Southern California and elsewhere that promised to postpone...

Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Against South Carolina Landlord for Discriminating Against Families with Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 15, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department announced today that John Wingard Altman has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a lawsuit involving violations of the Fair Housing Act at Altman Apartments, a 16-unit apartmen...

Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Against South Carolina Landlord for Discriminating Against Families with Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 14, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department announced today that John Wingard Altman has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a lawsuit involving violations of the Fair Housing Act at Altman Apartments, a 16-unit apartmen...

Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Related to Senior Housing in Santa Rosa, California

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 30, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department today announced an agreement with a California municipality and a homeowners’ association to resolve allegations of discrimination on the basis of familial status in violat...

FORMER NORTH CAROLINA BUILDER ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TAX OBSTRUCTION AND CONVERSION OF GOVERNMENT...

WASHINGTON, DC - July 25, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- William B. Clayton, a residential builder formerly of Corolla, N.C., was arrested yesterday on charges of obstructing the tax laws and converting government property, the Justice Department and Inter...

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.

LAST OF FOUR DEFENDANTS PLEADS GUILTY IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME

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.

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