SARASOTA HERLAD TRIBUNE APRIL 30th, 2010.....The Florida Attorney General's office is investigating whether one of the state's largest foreclosure firms is using fabricated or misleading documents to retake properties. The civil investigation into Florida Default Law Group in Tampa became public on the Attorney General's website Thursday, stating that it appears the firm presents faulty bank paperwork in thousands of foreclosures each month.
"These documents have been presented in court before judges as actual assignments of mortgages and have later been shown to be legally inadequate and/or insufficient," the website states. The Herald-Tribune first cast light on Florida Default Law Group last year with reporting on foreclosures in Sarasota County, where attorneys for lenders reportedly gave false statements in court about who owns mortgages or whether they have completed all the legal steps to put a foreclosed house back on the market.
You see all these documents time and time again which on their face are not possible," Tampa attorney Matthew Weidner said. "The judges cannot just ignore this. They cannot ignore blatant fraud in front of their faces." The Attorney General's office opened its investigation into Florida Default in October 2009, but it only became public after the target of the investigation was told about it.
The Attorney General can file a lawsuit against the company if it finds wrongdoing, seeking sanctions like fines or injunctions to stop the behavior. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Lee Haworth said news of the investigation could prompt judges in Sarasota and Manatee counties to look more closely at filings
"I would be very skeptical they're the only ones," Haworth said of the Florida Default Law Group investigation. "Our anecdotal experience are it's pretty widespread." MORE FROM THIS SOURCE........
TAMPA TRIBUNE APRIL 30TH, 2010..Attorney general investigating Tampa foreclosure firm. Based in a business park just off the Veteran's Expressway, Florida Default Law Group files hundreds of foreclosure lawsuits alone in Hillsborough County on behalf of banks and mortgage servicing companies. The Tribune profiled Florida Default Law Group in January.
According to the Tribune's review of 1,994 circuit court records, the firm filed initial legal documents for 323 foreclosure lawsuits in October. That was second only to the Law Offices of David J. Stern, a Broward County-based foreclosure firm that filed 352 foreclosure cases in October. Florida Default Law Group operates in numerous counties in Florida, but it's not clear how many lawsuits it files outside of Hillsborough County.
TAMPA TRIBUNE JAN 3rd 2010.....Law firm gorges on home defaults, Florida Default Law Group and the law offices of David J. Stern in Plantation. TAMPA - If there's one industry that's not feeling the economy's sting these days, it's the business of filing foreclosure lawsuits.
Recently, mortgage servicing companies have been filing about 2,000 initial foreclosure documents every month in Hillsborough County Circuit Court. To handle the overwhelming caseload, an army of lawyers, paralegals and clerks at big foreclosure law firms have streamlined the art of separating homeowners from their homes.
Few are as large or as efficient as Tampa-based Florida Default Law Group (and the David J. Stern Law office in Plantation), which processes at least 300 new foreclosure suits a month in Hillsborough County, court documents show. By forging relationships with mortgage companies and focusing on volume, Florida Default Law Group offers to foreclose on a home at the bare-bones price of $1,200, about half the typical cost.
In the streamlining, distressed homeowners such as 75-year-old Janice Winemiller of Sarasota sometimes get hurt. Florida Default Law Group charged her more than $4,000 for delivery of legal documents, according to her nonprofit legal aid lawyer. The firm couldn't substantiate the fees.
Dubbed foreclosure mills by some in the industry, these companies have turned the job into a factorylike process. Speed is the key to their success. "The only way their business model works is if they don't lay eyes on the lawsuit," said Jim Kowalski, a Jacksonville lawyer who has litigated against Florida Default Law Group.
Four firms, 1,049 filings; Few areas of the legal field are so dominated by a handful of players as foreclosure law. Florida Default Law Group is one of four foreclosure mills operating in Florida that appear to be winning the lion's share of business from lenders or their representatives. Along with Florida Default, other big firms include the law offices of David J. Stern in Plantation, the law offices of Marshall C. Watson in Fort Lauderdale and Shapiro & Fishman in Boca Raton.
The Tribune looked at 1,994 initial foreclosure documents filed in October to see which firms were handling the most foreclosures. Combined, those four industry heavyweights filed 1,049 foreclosure cases in October, or 53 percent of all new foreclosures filed in Hillsborough County that month. Florida Default filed 323 new foreclosure cases in October, second only to the 352 cases filed by David J. Stern. Florida Default operates in Florida's 66 other counties, the firm's managing partner testified in a court deposition. more from this source..............
Tuesday, March 30, 2010, NASDAQ, DJSP Enterprises Major Shareholders David J. Stern (Law office Foreclosure Mill) and Kerry S. Propper Subject of Department of Justice Investigation And SBA Law Suit.
SEE.. CONNECTICUT MAN FILES MASSIVE LAWSUIT AGAINST DAVID J. STERN LAW FIRM & ATTORNEY KARINA MUSELLA OF PLANTATION FL FOR ILLEGAL FORECLOSURE.
ALSO SEE.. THOUSANDS OF HOMEOWNERS ARE ILLEGALLY FORECLOSED ON BY DEUTSCHE BANK, IN FLORIDA LAW OFFICE OF DAVID J. STERN LEADS THE PACK, FBI IS INVESTIGATING !
SEE.. LAW OFFICE OF DAVID J. STERN MISTAKENLY FILES FORECLOSURE ON FLORIDA FAMILY, INCLUDES FEDERAL TAX LIEN OF ANOTHER MAN & SERVES US ATTORNEY, HOW STUPID
SEE.. 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
SEE.. ATTORNEY FOR DAVID J. STERN LAW OFFICE IN MONTHS LONG FLORIDA BAR INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN FIRED OR RESIGNED, SARASOTA JUDGE AND US ATTORNEY TAMPA SUGGEST LEGAL ACTION AGAINST STERN LAW OFFICE IN BOTCHED FORECLOSURE CASE.
SEE.. Kelly Holsopple Was A Stripper And Prostitute in Minneapolis Now A Member Of The Florida Bar & Associate Attorney For A Foreclosure Mill In Plantation Florida Screwing Homeowners, she also has a real estate license in Florida and works for an International Real Estate company.
SEE..Thursday, April 22, 2010, Kelly Holsopple Former Stripper and Prostitute For The Mob In St. Paul-Minneapolis Metro Area Changed Her Name And Is Now a Member of the Florida Bar Taking People's Homes.
SEE.. The Foreclosure Mills of Florida led by The David J. Stern Law Offices.
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