Posts Tagged: ‘Foreclosure Defense Attorney’

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.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Fines Bank of America $45 Million

April 13, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Judge Christopher Klein of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Sacramento issued a $45 million fine against Bank of America Corp., calling the treatment of a California couple who fought to save their home “brazen” and “heartless.” According to Judge Klein, the bank’s mortgage modification process and mistaken foreclosure on Erik and Renee Sundquist’s home left them in a “state of battle-fatigued demoralization.”

“It is apparent that the engine of Bank of America’s problem in this case is one of corporate culture… not rogue employees betraying an upstanding employer,” Judge Klein said. He added that he hopes the fine is large enough that it will not be “laughed off in the boardroom as petty cash or ‘chump change’.” Most of the money from the fine will go to law schools and consumer advocacy organizations.

The Sundquists’ financial troubles started in 2008 after their construction business closed down due to the economic downturn. The couple later bought a cheaper home outside of Sacramento and borrowed approximately $590,000 from a lender that was later taken over by Bank of America. After which, the bank promised them that they could request lower monthly payments. However, in 2009 when the couple stopped making payments, Bank of America officials said they would not consider a loan modification. Over the next few years, the couple requested loan modifications approximately 20 times. Each time their requests were “routinely either lost or declared insufficient, or incomplete or stale or in need of resubmission or denied without comprehensible explanation,” the ruling said.

In 2010 the couple filed for bankruptcy which halts foreclosure sales. However, the bank still improperly took over the home and gave them a three-day eviction notice. A few weeks after the couple moved out, Ms. Sundquist was hospitalized with stress-related heart attack symptoms.

Bank of America later reversed the sale but never formally notified the couple of the change. According to the ruling, they moved back in several months later.

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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.

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Pick Steven Mnuchin’s Bank Foreclosed on Elderly Woman who owed 27 cents

December 2, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Reports this week reveal that Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin’s bank foreclosed on a 90-year-old Florida woman who owed just 27 cents.  The practices of OneWest Bank have come under scrutiny since the President-elect announced the onetime Goldman Sachs banker as his pick on Wednesday.  More than 36,000 foreclosures followed Mnuchin and partners’ purchase of failed bank IndyMac in 2009.

An 86-year-old California man has also come forward and claimed OneWest refused to modify the home equity loan on the longtime home he shared with his wife, even though they qualified three times for a government-backed modification.  The bank sold the couple’s home of 50 years in 2011.

Numerous other outcries similar to these drew more than 100 sign-waving and chanting protestors to Mnuchin’s $26 million mansion in Bel Air.

A Florida woman found herself facing a foreclosure by OneWest in 2014 after confusion about payments on her reverse mortgage, according to court papers.  She sent a check for $423 in response to a bill for $423.30, the documents showed.

The OneWest subsidiary responded by billing the Lakeland resident for $0.30, but she mistakenly sent a check back for only $0.03.  The foreclosure in Polk County Circuit Court is now being challenged by a nonprofit firm.

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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.

FHA’s New Guidelines Help Struggling Homeowners Remain in their Homes

August 31, 2016 Posted by kingcade

New procedures put in place by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will help strengthen the process mortgage services currently use and help struggling families stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure.

The updated procedures will streamline the process servicers use to engage borrowers, specifically when evaluating them for the FHA-Home Affordable Modification Program (FHA-HAMP) These changes will reduce the number of steps that a servicer and borrower must take to resolve a delinquency and enter into a loss mitigation home retention product.  In addition, FHA is removing certain obstacles that will allow servicers greater flexibility for evaluating an unemployed borrower for a special forbearance agreement.

Here is what homeowners need to know about the new provisions. Specifically, the FHA will:

  • Require servicers to convert successful 3-month trial modifications into permanent modifications within 60 days instead of the average four-to-six months;
  • Allow borrowers with three missed mortgage payments to qualify for a partial claim to bring their payments current versus the previous requirement for a minimum of four missed payments;
  • End the traditional stand-alone Loan Modification option so struggling borrowers can access the FHA-HAMP option, to receive payment relief quicker;
  • Eliminate the required 12-month term for FHA’s special forbearance option.  This will allow servicers to offer this option to more unemployed households.

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.

Related Resources:

www.fhfa.gov

https://rismedia.com/2016/08/28/fha-streamlines-process-to-help-delinquent-homeowners-stay-in-homes/

 

New York Attorney General Fights Against Zombie Foreclosure Crisis

August 1, 2016 Posted by kingcade

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced a grant initiative to fight against the zombie foreclosure crisis. The growing problem has affected hundreds of neighborhoods and towns across the state of New York since the housing bubble burst. The initiative known as, the Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative, will give $13 million in grants to local governments across the state through a competitive application process.

The 100 communities dealing with the greatest problems of zombie foreclosures and vacant homes have been invited to apply for the funds. The money will address housing vacancy and the damage to property value in neighborhoods by supporting municipalities’ capacity for housing code enforcement, tracking and monitoring vacant properties and providing legal enforcement to ensure banks and mortgage companies comply with local and state law.

The initiative will also have preventative benefits due to the requirement of communities to develop innovative programs and policies and connect at-risk homeowners to services so they can avoid foreclosure. It also coincides with the recent enactment of the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act.

The initiative will be funded by the $3.2 billion settlement agreement with Morgan Stanley that was settled in February. The settlement resulted in $550 million in cash and consumer relief for New York residents.

“Too many communities across this state have been hit hard by the proliferation of zombie properties. This new grant initiative puts tools directly in the hands of towns and cities across the state to reverse course, rebuild from the foreclosure crisis and put zombie homes in the rear-view mirror,” Attorney General Schneiderman said.

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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.

 

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