49 States – Attorney General McCollum Announces Multistate Effort to Reign in Mortgage Servicers for Deceptive and Unfair Practices

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Remember, these are felonies in Florida…

117.105  False or fraudulent acknowledgments; penalty.–A notary public who falsely or fraudulently takes an acknowledgment of an instrument as a notary public or who falsely or fraudulently makes a certificate as a notary public or who falsely takes or receives an acknowledgment of the signature on a written instrument is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced an on-going effort to reign in mortgage servicers and protect Floridians from purported deceptive and unfair practices. Attorney General McCollum, along with 48 other Attorneys General, are part of a multistate effort to stop mortgage loan servicers from allegedly submitting affidavits or signing notices that appear to have procedural defects of either a judicial or non-judicial foreclosure.

Investigators allege that many mortgage documents have been signed without personal knowledge of the facts asserted in the documents. In addition, it appears that many affidavits were signed outside of the presence of a notary public. This process of signing documents without confirming their accuracy has come to be known as “robo-signing” and is in direct violation of Florida law.

The 49 states are joining together to form a multistate group comprised of both state Attorneys General and state banks and mortgage regulators to more effectively address the issue. The multistate group, led by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, plans to speak with all relevant mortgage servicers as soon as possible to determine whether or not each company has improperly submitted affidavits or signed notices in support of a foreclosure in the states. State bank and mortgage regulators are participating both individually and through their Multistate Mortgage Committee, which represents mortgage regulators from all 50 states. Florida is taking a leading role in this multistate initiative as a member of the Executive Committee of the multistate group. The Executive Committee is also comprised of the following Attorneys General Offices: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington; and the following state banking regulators: the Maryland Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation and the New York State Banking Department.

Participating Attorneys General

Hawaii Department of the Attorney General / Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Participating State Bank and Mortgage Regulators

Arizona Department of Financial Institutions
Arkansas Securities Department
Connecticut Department of Banking
D.C. Department of Insurance Securities and Banking
Florida Office of Financial Regulation
Idaho Department of Finance
Illinois Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation
Indiana Department of Financial Institutions
Iowa Division of Banking
Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions
Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions
Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection
Maine Bureau of Financial Institutions
Maryland Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation
Division of Banks, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Michigan Office of Financial & Insurance Regulation
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance
Montana Division of Banking and Financial Institutions
Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance
Nevada Financial Institutions Division and Mortgage Lending Division
New Hampshire Banking Department
New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance – Office of Consumer Finance
New York State Banking Department
North Carolina Commissioner of Banks
North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions
Ohio Division of Financial Institutions
Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services – Division of Finance
and Corporate Securities
Pennsylvania Department of Banking
Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation – Division of Banking
South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs
Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions
Texas Department of Banking
Texas Finance Commission and Consumer Credit Commissioner
Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
West Virginia Division of Banking
Wisconsin Department of Banking
Wyoming Division of Banking

For more information about what Attorney General McCollum is doing to protect Floridians, please visit www.myfloridalegal.com.



9 Responses to “49 States – Attorney General McCollum Announces Multistate Effort to Reign in Mortgage Servicers for Deceptive and Unfair Practices”
  1. josue says:

    please read recent “assurance” bt attorney general’s office and wachovia/wells Fargo. for 10 million dolllars, they were immunized

  2. josue says:

    please read the recent “Assurance” (agreement) between Attorney General Mccollum’s Office and Wachovia/Wells Fargo. For about 10 million dollars, they haveve been “immunized”? from billions in fraud. My opinion. please help. i’m preparing a counteroffer to wachoiva’s voluntary home transfer program. will submit soon.

  3. housemanrob says:


  4. dianacessna says:

    So, what do you think? Is this still just a political stunt by McCollum?

  5. Linda Venturella says:

    Not only the foreclosure fraud needs to be investigated. What about all of the struggling homeowners who were decieved by these same people in a sneaky, underhanded way into defaulting on their loans by telling them they were approved for the HAMP program and the after making us fall into serious default ,by telling us don’t send any more trial period payments, all of the missed payments will be rolled into your new loan modification.Then they tell you we lied to you and you have been denied by the U.S. Treasury for the Obama Plan. Who knew that we had to hire legal counsel to seek a loan mod. through our lender? The deceptive practices used by these banks/mortgage servicers needs to be uncovered. This is happened to millions of people under the guise of the Making Home Affordable Program. Are millions of people lying and telling the same stories over and over again to stay in their homes for free as the media is trying to portray this? This is part of a bigger conspiracy to wipe out the middle class. Too many things don’t make sense here for there to be any other reason for all of this .Wall Street, the banks, the government allowed all of us American people to be sold out to the foreign interest. Who really knows who owns my property, your property, anyone’s property. Wall Street sold this country out because of their greed . Now foreign countries, terrorist organizations and God only knows who else have taken our country over without ever even having to fire a single shot.

  6. lucy says:

    Champagne anyone? Toast to the great “dead beat” homeowners.

  7. Patricia says:


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