Control Fraud


Control Fraud

By: Jim Macklin
Secure Document Research

The term “control Fraud” was originally coined by Professor William Black, UMKC. A control fraud essentially starts as a core methodology for the exaction of some enterprise or movement, whether in commerce or at law. The instigators of a control fraud typically have their own self-interests as the motivation for participants to either ignore regulations or laws, or worse yet, to politically pressure or lobby for policy change that suits their agenda(s).

It mattered not that “liar loans”, defective underwriting processes, and securitization obviations were the norm during the run-up to 2008. The control fraud was in place to facilitate complete immunity from prosecution for the big money players at the top of Wall St. Every associated business that derived its income from the mortgage-backed bond sales was expected to follow the guidelines, as set by the fraudsters, or suffer the fate of not working. Everyone from bond insurers, hedge fund managers, realtors and property appraisers had to bend to the poisonous curve…or lose their competitive edge, and thus, their livelihood. When lying becomes the standard upon which your paycheck relies, you are a liar by proxy.

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Independent Foreclosure Review Claims Due by 12/31/2012

Independent Foreclosure Review Claims Due by 12/31/2012

By Daniel Edstrom

Claims for the wrongful actions of servicers are due under the Independent Foreclosure Review by 12/31/2012. Claims can be entered through the Independent Foreclosure Reviews website at https://independentforeclosurereview.com/

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System have oversight. Mortgage servicers involved are the following:

  • America’s Servicing Co.
  • Aurora Loan Services
  • BAC Home Loans Servicing
  • Bank of America
  • Beneficial
  • Chase
  • Citibank
  • CitiFinancial
  • CitiMortgage
  • Countrywide
  • EMC
  • EverBank/EverHome Mortgage Company
  • Financial Freedom
  • GMAC Mortgage
  • HFC
  • HSBC
  • IndyMac Mortgage Services
  • MetLife Bank
  • National City Mortgage
  • PNC Mortgage
  • Sovereign Bank
  • SunTrust Mortgage
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wachovia
  • Washington Mutual
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wilshire Credit Corporation

Fannie Mae Announces Year-End Servicer Performance Scorecard Results

Fannie Mae Announces Year-End Servicer Performance Scorecard Results

By Daniel Edstrom
DTC Systems, Inc.

Quote from news release dated March 15, 2012:

The STAR Program was created to establish standards and recognize excellence among Fannie Mae servicers in their overall performance, customer service, and foreclosure prevention efforts.

Another Quote:

Overall STAR performance rankings are issued on an annual basis each April.

Apparently Fannie Mae missed the flood of Cease and Desist Consent Orders issued by various government regulators on April 13, 2011 for unsafe or unsound foreclosure policies and practices.  The government regulators were the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Fannie Mae has apparently missed the fact that nothing has changed and the servicers are not abiding by the Cease and Desist Consent Orders, unless they are doing this in secret or on a limited basis.

Here is the text of the news release, followed by the STAR Scorecard results for the previous quarters in 2011. Continue reading “Fannie Mae Announces Year-End Servicer Performance Scorecard Results” »

Who is Responsible for the Conduct of Foreclosure Mill Law Firms?

Who is Responsible for the Conduct of Foreclosure Mill Law Firms?

By Daniel Edstrom
DTC Systems, Inc.

Here is the analysis, which comes word for word from the Interagency review of Foreclosure Policies and Practices in 2010 (available here: http://dtc-systems.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/InterAgency_Review_4900701.pdf).

The Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), referred to as the agencies, conducted on-site reviews of foreclosure processing at 14 federally regulated mortgage servicers during the fourth quarter of 2010.

This report provides a summary of the review findings and an overview of the potential impacts associated with instances of foreclosure-processing weaknesses that occurred industrywide. In addition, this report discusses the supervisory response made public simultaneous with the issuance of this report, as well as expectations going forward to address the cited deficiencies. The supervisory measures employed by the agencies are intended to ensure safe and sound mortgage-servicing and foreclosure processing business practices are implemented. The report also provides an overview of how national standards for mortgage servicing can help address specific industrywide weaknesses identified during these reviews. Continue reading “Who is Responsible for the Conduct of Foreclosure Mill Law Firms?” »