SARASOTA HERLAD TRIBUNE, Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 1:00 a.m..
"The way a Sarasota man almost lost his home after bogus claims by out-of-town foreclosure attorneys made a good front-page story (2/22/2010). But some aspects of William Berta's story are not all that unusual".
"It may be rare that Berta got a judge to overturn a foreclosure sale on his Sarasota homestead by asserting he was never served with foreclosure papers. As you may have read in Monday's Herald-Tribune, the foreclosure attorney claimed Berta could not be found and therefore his house was abandoned. That despite the fact Berta is a local business owner who was easily findable".
"Still, if that were an isolated glitch, I might not be doing a column. But there's much evidence, as the Florida Bar has confirmed, that some bulk-rate foreclosure firms are seriously cutting corners. And why not? They can usually file sloppy documents with unverified and false claims and get away with it, because most foreclosures are not contested. Usually, nobody even skims through the documents".
"A recent court ruling says judges don't need to. The checking is up to homeowners. That has led to filings so ridiculous that I thought anti-foreclosure lawyer April Charney was kidding when she e-mailed a recent find from Lee County", MORE FROM THIS SOURCE............
I have been made aware of the Florida Foreclosure Mill of David J. Stern Law Office and his Continued effort To Obtain Florida Homes With Sewer Service And Bid Rigging since April of 2008, see Tampa Tribune article click here..
David J. Stern Law Offices “CASH IN ON FORECLOSURES” With Sewer Service and Bid Rigging on Homes Sold on The Court House Steps, FBI Needs to Investigate.
To determine which law firms are filing the most foreclosures, the Tampa Tribune analyzed 1,734 lis pendens documents filed in Hillsborough County’s circuit civil and county civil court divisions.The Law Offices of Daniel J. Stern of Plantation filed at least 263 foreclosure suits in Tampa, a lawyer in Stern’s office declined comment, saying the firm’s financial service clients (Deutsche Bank ) request that Stern not speak with the media.
Daniel J. Stern has reason to not speak to the Media, a search of Public Records in the Broward County Clerk’s Office located several cases were David J. Stern or his law offices is listed as the Defendant in Lawsuits;LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J. STERN and DAVID J. STERN as an individual. Filing Date: 08/15/2008, Broward County Case Number: CACE 08 038170 CONTRACT INDEBTEDNESSSECURITY NATIONAL SERVICING CORP vs LAW OFFICE OF DAVID J. STERN 4th DCA CASE NO.: 4D04-776 Legal malpractice action against the Law Offices of David J. Stern (“Stern”).
A ex-employee of the Law Offices of David J. Stern of Plantation has contacted me, Bill Warner, in response to the article I posted on Monday, May 18, 2009, that followed up on the Tampa Tribune article of April 2008, (see above), it appears that what I had claimed about “sewer service” by Pro Vest LLC in Tampa Fl (working for the Stern law office) is just the tip of the iceberg.
It appears from this ex-employee of the Law Offices of David J. Stern of Plantation that Pro Vest, the process service company in Tampa, also had an office in the same building as the Law Offices of David J. Stern in Plantation and that “sewer service’ was done all the time and if needed Provest would pre-date the service of summons to make it appear that you had already been served and allow Stern to put your foreclosure case on a “rocket docket’ to get the house up for sale on the Court House steps (David J. Stern Law Office appears to have severed ties to Pro Vest).
Then the sales girls in the Stern office (a lot of the associate attorneys at the Stern Law firm have real estate licenses) would contact outside buyers and inform them of the exact time and date of the “court house steps sale” and tell the outside buyers what the correct amount to bid that would be approved by the bank and the court,(this is ”bid rigging”).
A recent hire by the Law office of David J. Stern is Attorney Vivien Lurlene who also has a Real Estate Sales License in the State of Florida, I have no knowledge of Attorney Vivien Lurlene involvement in the ”bid rigging”or any other illegal activity at the Law Office of David J. Stern, but for some reason she changed her name in April of 2001 before moving to Florida.
These outside buyers contacted by the sales girls at the Stern Law office would resell these super low bargain houses purchaed on the Court House Steps for a profit and pay off the sales girls in the Stern Law office for the tip.
It appears from this ex-employee of the Law Offices of David J. Stern of Plantation that she was told to make up false documents for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae when they came around to check their Foreclosure files, she was also instructed to lie to the banks when they requested a chronology report which is the foreclosure time-line on a file, there appears to be Federal violations that would necessitate an FBI investigation, the ex-employee is afraid to talk.
The federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac refers to the placing into conservatorship of government sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the U.S. Treasury in September 2008. It was one financial event among many in the ongoing subprime mortgage crisis.
Allegations of False “Sewer Service” Filed in Foreclosure of John J. Krondes by Law Firm of David J. Stern & Provest LLC of Tampa, FBI Needs to Investigate. The forever pile of complaints, lawsuits and legal malpractice cases just seems to have no end with the Law Firm of David J. Stern. The lawsuit of Connecticut man John J. Krondes filed on May 5th 2009, sheds light on a practice of falsifying “served papers” by the process servers linked to the David J. Stern Law Firm, this really puts the foreclosure complaint on a ‘Rocket Docket” with super speed to closing the case without the knowledge of the home owner.
Mr. Krondes alleges in his lawsuit that the Law Firm of David J. Stern Plantation Fl and ProVest LLC (provides service of legal process) Tampa Fl conspired to file fraudulent documentation of untrue “Affidavits of Service” a misrepresentation that John J. Kondres had been served in the Foreclosure Complaint of the Law firm of David J. Stern with the intent to deceive and mislead the Civil Court in Port St Lucie Fl where Mr. Kondres has/had his condo.
This is not the first time I have heard of home owners in Florida becoming aware of a Foreclosure Complaint filed on their property that has already gone before the Judge, without their knowledge, and the Law firm of David J. Stern has obtained a judgment against them and their home, usually it is a condo with an out of state owner, just like Mr. Kondres’s case.
Mr. Krondes, in FLORIDA, is seeking from the Law Firm of David J. Stern and Attorney Karina Musella and others “money damages”, the Value of the condo $400,000, Interest, Punitive Damages, Emotional Damages, Attorney fees and on and on, 16 money items in all.
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.