TheDC OP-ED: One nation, under fraud

Very well written in depth story on Foreclosure Fraud…

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TheDC OP-ED: One nation, under fraud

By Joseph Tauke – The Daily Caller

Tomorrow, a bank—not your bank, but any bank—could evict you from your home. Even if you didn’t know the bank was foreclosing. Even if your mortgage is paid off. Even if you never had a mortgage. Even if the bank doesn’t hold a single piece of paper that you signed. And major banks not only know this fact, but have spent millions of dollars to defend it in court. Why? The answer starts with a Jacksonville homeowner named Patrick Jeffs.

In 2007, Deutsche Bank sued Jeffs for his home, which is a necessary step in the process of foreclosing on a homeowner in the state of Florida. Curiously, despite the fact that he immediately hired a law firm to defend his property when he found out about the foreclosure, neither Jeffs nor his attorneys were at the trial. That’s because it had already happened. Deutsche won by default because Jeffs wasn’t able to travel backwards in time to attend, even though the trial featured a signed affidavit indicating that he had been served his court summons.

The only problem with the summons Jeffs supposedly received was that it had been conjured out of thin air.

In June of this year, a Florida court ruled that the document was fraudulent, as the person who was supposed to make sure Jeffs was served had mysteriously received a copy of the summons before the lawsuit had even been filed, and Jeffs never even saw the copy. The text of that ruling was posted on various financial news websites in September. The lawyers that Jeffs hired to defend his case say that fraud such as this is not uncommon. It’s a widespread problem, and it has cost countless families their homes.

“I think it’s safe to say that 95% of the foreclosure cases in Florida involve some form of fraud on the part of the bank,” David Goldman of Apple Law Firm, PLLC told The Daily Caller in a phone interview. “It’s probably closer to 99%. And the court system is helping them get away with it.”

A 95% rate of fraud sounds preposterous, but the number was repeated by a paralegal familiar with the case, Lisa Beasely, as well as Michael Redman, who was prompted to create a website called after enduring personal experiences with the matter. There’s a reason for them to say so—they take and report on a lot of foreclosure fraud cases—but there’s also a reason they devote so much of their time to these cases, just like there’s a reason that multiple states are suing major banks for the same type of fraud.

The Sunshine State has something called the “Sunshine Law,” which states that unless very specific conditions, such as the need to protect a witness, are met by a trial, it must be open to the public. But over the past several months, Goldman says that attempts to observe foreclosure proceedings have been met with bailiffs and locked doors. Then, banks successfully argue that because they own the paperwork behind mortgages and don’t want anyone who doesn’t have to see those titles to see them, the public doesn’t have the right to ask for them as part of an examination of court records.

Representatives of Deutsche Bank told The Daily Caller via email that the bank’s involvement in the Jeffs case was merely nominal, as it had to be named as the plaintiff in the case because it ultimately held the right to foreclose, not Chase, which originally made the loan and which was accepting Jeffs’ payments and forwarding them to the proper recipients. But Chase had tried to work out a loan modification with Jeffs, and he was current on his payments when Chase abruptly informed him that his modification was denied without explanation. Several days later, Jeffs found out that he supposedly no longer owned his home. He stopped making payments, and he hasn’t made them since. But no bank has been able to successfully repossess and sell the property. To the banking system, the asset backed by the house—the mortgage—has simply vanished into thin air.

Does that mean that Jeffs is finally in the clear? Not exactly. “Quite often, what happens in these cases is the bank creates new documents to fix the old documents,” said Goldman. “One of the most common things we see is a paper with a notary stamp that gives the bank the legal authority to foreclose. Well, anyone can buy those stamps. I can buy those stamps. A lot of what’s going on is law firms desperate to win a case are hired by banks who don’t know what those law firms are up to. Then the bank thinks it can foreclose, even though other banks also think they have that right, and those banks might not figure out what happened for a long time because the system is absolutely overloaded with foreclosures. And even if they do figure it out, suing to repossess a property that another bank already sold is a long and arduous process. So you wind up with a scenario in which the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.”

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4 Responses to “TheDC OP-ED: One nation, under fraud”
  1. Sbroderick says:

    I went thru a foreclosure in 2008 with a note supposedly owed by Deutche Bank and I knew there was something wrong but had no funds to fight and our house had plenty of equity. It foreclosed and we were out. Is there anything for us to do after the fact?

  2. jlsemidey says:

    you guys are actually lucky you have at least a judicial system. in states like virginia,the law gives a license to cheat, steal, forge, fabricate, conceal, destroy evidence and to top it off, the felons do not even have to actually have the note or even the mortgage. the word from the self appointed foreclosure criminal element attorney is more than enough.

    you can understand that these states legislatures moved to cesede from the union without a second civil war, just by going against the US constitution and preventing their citizen from access to due process.

    this is unreal, and the people just walk away in total shame, defeated, abused no more energy to fight. and then the whole thing blows up and the lenders and their minions happen to be felons in action cheating every one.

    why is it that poor and middle class Americans go to jail when they f@#$k up and the patricians, the financial elite get to do it over and cash in their bonuses?

    this feels like is you catch a rapist in the act, you have it on camera, you have DNA evidence Finger prints and the victim has identified you in a line up of only one suspect and the state prosecutor tell you the rapist that it is ok, that they are holding you because of a technicallity, to backtrace your steps, clean up the finger prints, to clean up the DNA, to go back to the crime scene and replay and revictimize the victims and then tell the victims that it was a technical mishap and all an illusion, and that rape is Ok

  3. DebbiCat says:

    I’m curious as to the escalation in foreclosures – could it be that the banks knew that the MBS were not worth what the investors paid for them (i.e. inflated appraisals), that the depositions taken would be made public quickly and would start a firestorm so they wanted to get as many foreclosues through before the ***@%* hit the fan?

  4. Lit Gant says:

    Mike, some understand the fraud being practiced and it is shocking the robo-judges are so blind and stupid. Men who are supposed to be experts in the rule of law allow all manner of fraud. Shame on those judges, shame on our court systems, and double shame on the foreclosure lawyers who will stoop as low as needed to use fraudulent documents to earn their $999.99 fee.

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