A number of South Florida homeowners were recent victims to two scam artists, posing as attorneys promising mortgage relief, but instead pocketed the upfront fees they charged. Joseph Anton Hilton and Adam Todd Forman plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the scheme.
Authorities say the pair operated phony law firms based in Coral Springs, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, FL. The pair posed as lawyers and even manipulated real attorneys into working on their behalf. They tricked homeowners into paying legal fees in lieu of making mortgage payments. Hilton and Forman targeted homeowners across Florida and in other states, including New Jersey and Ohio, according to authorities.
The Florida victims were from cities including Sunrise, North Palm Beach, Cooper City, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miramar and Delray Beach.
The Attorney General’s office said the fake law firms had more than 300 clients who could have potentially been harmed.
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