Archive for: ‘June 2017’

The “Mastermind” Behind a Foreclosure Rescue Scam has been Indicted by Feds

June 30, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Michael “Mickey” Henschel, accused of leading a foreclosure-avoidance scam that preyed on struggling borrowers, has been arrested and charged with 11 counts related to the scam that made him $7 million.  According to the indictment, Henschel owned a Van Nuys-based company that operated under several different names (including Valueline), and illegally marketed foreclosure and eviction-delay services to homeowners in default on their mortgages and renters facing eviction.

As part of the scam, Henschel and his co-conspirators allegedly convinced homeowners to sign fake grant deeds that supposedly showed that the homeowners conveyed an interest in their properties to fictional third parties. Henschel then allegedly filed bankruptcies in the names of fake people to activate the automatic stay provision of the Bankruptcy Code that stops a foreclosure sale.

Henshel charged large fees before agreeing to clear the title to the properties, in addition to the monthly fees paid for the illegal services. During the course of the scam, which ran from October 2010 through July 2013, Henschel and his co-conspirators allegedly collected more than $7 million for the illegal services.

Henschel has been charged with one count of conspiracy, eight counts of bankruptcy fraud and two counts of wire fraud.  If convicted, he would serve a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for each of the conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud counts, while the two wire fraud counts carry a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

The “Soup Nazi” of Seinfeld Fame Files for Bankruptcy Protection

June 29, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The New York City food company, Soupman, made famous by the popular Seinfeld TV sitcom, has filed for bankruptcy protection just weeks after its CFO was indicted on federal tax evasion charges.  A Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was filed in Delaware stating that Soupman had estimated debts ranging from just over $10 million to $50 million and assets between $1 million and $10 million.

CFO Robert Bertrand failed to pay Medicare, Social Security, and federal income taxes.  His job included collecting, accounting for and paying the taxes for Soupman’s employees. However, the indictment alleged that between 2010 and 2014 Bertrand paid employees with undocumented cash, and compensated certain workers with unreported stock awards.

As a result, the federal government lost $593,971 in total tax payments that should have been paid by the company, according to prosecutors. Bertrand, who has pleaded not guilty, was released on $50,000 bond, pending a scheduled hearing on July 18, court records show.

The Staten Island-based, Soupman company licenses the name and recipes of Al Yeganeh, the model for the gruff “Soup Nazi” character in the popular Seinfeld series.  The character focused fanatically on his culinary creations and refused to serve certain customers using the popular catchphrase: “No soup for you!”

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

How a debt avalanche strategy can eliminate your debt

June 28, 2017 Posted by kingcade

One of the smartest and fastest ways to eliminate your debt is a strategy known as a debt avalanche.  To start, you must first take inventory of your debt- meaning you need to write down all outstanding debts- including credit card balances, student loan payments, car payments, etc. and determine the interest rates you are paying on each of the balances.

The debt avalanche strategy begins by ranking each of your debts by interest rate, from highest to lowest.  No matter the size of the loan balance, it will always be less expensive (and faster) to pay off your debts in order from highest to lowest interest rates.

For example, your interest rate on a credit card is probably going to run much higher than the interest rate on your vehicle.  Tackle those debts with the highest interest rates, first and save as much money on interest payments as possible.

Finally, if the debt inventory process reveals an overwhelming or confusing amount of debt, consider meeting with a financial expert who can discuss your options in greater detail.  Sometimes a simple debt consolidation can reduce your payments by thousands, just by reducing the interest amount.  If you fear you might be at risk of personal bankruptcy, it is best to meet with a professional as soon as possible to know exactly where you stand.  Many bankruptcy attorneys offer free consultations and have appointments available on the weekend.

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If you have any questions on this topic or are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Miami Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade Recognized as a Top Lawyer in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2017

June 27, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Managing Shareholder, Timothy S. Kingcade of the Miami-based bankruptcy and foreclosure defense law firm of Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. was recently recognized in the 2017 edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite™.  The list of 1,080 honorees, published in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine, includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys. The Legal Elite listing is widely regarded as one of the preeminent referral guides to the legal profession.

To compile the list, Florida Trend invited all actively practicing Florida lawyers to name attorneys whom they hold in highest regard – lawyers with whom they have personally worked with and would recommend to others. The winner list represents just over 1% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

Florida Bar President Michael J. Higer notes, “The Florida Bar is committed to connecting both our members and the public with the legal resources needed to support their practices, businesses and daily lives. Florida Trend’s Legal Elite helps accomplish this objective by creating an independent and reliable process to identify our state’s top legal talent and rising stars.”

Attorney Kingcade practices exclusively in the field of bankruptcy law, handling Chapter 7 and 13 filings and foreclosure defense cases for the Southern District of Florida.  As an experienced CPA and proven bankruptcy attorney, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of their rights under the bankruptcy laws to restart, rebuild and recover.

Miami-based Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. was established by managing partner and bankruptcy attorney, Timothy S. Kingcade in 1996. The firm represents clients throughout the State of Florida in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and foreclosure defense cases. The firm is committed to providing personalized service to each and every client, clearly explaining the options according to the unique circumstances of his or her life. The office environment and the service provided are centered on a culture of superior client care for the financially disenfranchised. All partners and associates at Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. specialize in consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure and have dedicated their practices to this area of the law. Additionally, all attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish.

Trump Administration Delays Student Loan Forgiveness Program

June 26, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The federal student loan forgiveness program established to refund borrowers who were defrauded by their schools has been put on hold until further notice, according to the Department of Education.  This applies to Corinthian College students who were defrauded by the school’s deceptive advertising and false job placement rates.  Approximately 15,000 student loan forgiveness claims from Corinthian students had been approved as of October 2016.

Here are the requirements for qualifying for a borrower defense federal loan discharge:

  • If your school misled you in any way about your loans or education program;
  • If your school violated certain state laws, such as consumer protection statutes or laws related to your loan or educational services.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said on June 14 that last year’s expansion of the forgiveness rules “missed an opportunity to get it right.” Several Democratic senators are demanding answers and asking the Dept. of Education to provide detailed information regarding loan forgiveness applications and approvals for past students of Corinthian Colleges, along with two other failed for-profit college chains: ITT Technical Institute and American Career Institute.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.