Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ten State AGs, Feds Form Posse To Target Equity Skimming, Bogus Foreclosure Rescue, Straw Purchases, Unethical Lending Practices

The New York Times reports:

  • The group is headed by McKenna and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. Other members include the attorneys general of Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Missouri and Ohio, as well as representatives from the Department of Justice, Federal Treasury, Department of Housing and Urban Development and Federal Trade Commission. McKenna says the task force is the result of meetings on July 15 in Washington, DC, between federal regulators and a number of state attorneys general.

Source: Attorneys General Form Mortgage Fraud Task Force.

(1)Scammers and opportunists need to know that they’re in the crosshairs of a tough, well-armed posse with a presence in every state,” McKenna said. McKenna said that by combining their enforcement powers and expertise, state and federal authorities are in a stronger position than ever before to take on equity skimmers, foreclosure rescuer schemers, straw purchasers and unethical lenders who deceive or discriminate.

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