Marshall C. Watson | Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Settles Investigation Against One of Florida’s Largest Foreclosure Firms

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Settles Investigation Against One of Florida’s Largest Foreclosure Firms

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2011

Contact:
Jenn Meale
Phone: 850.245.0150
jennifer.meale@myfloridalegal.com

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Settles Investigation Against
One of Florida’s Largest Foreclosure Firms

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi  announced a first-of-its-kind settlement against attorney Marshall C. Watson and his law firm, one of the largest foreclosure firms in Florida, for alleged improprieties in the prosecution of foreclosure cases throughout Florida.

This settlement, which calls for a $2 million payment and imposition of certain requirements to conduct business, is the first stemming from numerous investigations into Florida foreclosure law firms.

“We are aggressively investigating these law firms in order to protect the interests of everyone involved in foreclosure proceedings.  Homeowners, lending institutions and the courts deserve to know that the law is being followed and all documentation is true and accurate,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “Anything short of total assurance of complete accuracy during such serious situations is unacceptable.”

Florida led the nation in the investigation of law firms engaged in the improper production and filing of foreclosure documents. The Marshall Watson firm fully cooperated with the investigation since its inception.
Half of the $2 million payment from Marshall Watson’s firm to the Attorney General’s Office will be contributed to the Florida Bar Foundation to continue the Florida Attorney General Mortgage Foreclosure Grant Program.

This grant program provides for the funding of Legal Aid attorney positions throughout Florida specifically devoted to the representation of low-income individuals facing foreclosure actions.

The investigations into the practices of several other Florida law firms are ongoing.

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Marshall C. Watson Assurance of Voluntary Compliance
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60 Responses to “Marshall C. Watson | Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Settles Investigation Against One of Florida’s Largest Foreclosure Firms”
  1. pamelag says:

    @I VENT HONORABLE JUDGE MOSHE JACOBIUS cook county circuit courts chancery tribune,maryellen podmolik reporter. lisa madigan played stupid with me too.lost my file @5 times and didnot get it.Good luck to you all GOD BLESS AMERICA

  2. Catherine Mc Manus says:

    All this fraud with the approval of the Florida Bar Association…………..
    These Law Firms and Attorneys should be sanctioned and fined, maybe even lose their licenses.

  3. yvonne says:

    What kind of attorney is the AG? What settlement? Does she consider this a feather in her cap?

  4. Rachel Jackson says:

    This is a “SHAM” proceeding. 2mil is a drop in the bucket for these bank funded law firms, and on top of that it is going right back in to the coffers of the “BROOD OF VIPERS” who do the most lobbying of our legislature who are currently and continuously advocating changes in our laws to benefit their brood. copy and past this link: http://www.floridabar.org/cmdocs/bd160.nsf/WDOCS/7F810CD5A61B5E6185257686005193E0
    and read the PDF files from the snakes themselves. They are trying to change the CONSTITUTION for GOD sakes.

  5. l vent says:

    CHECK THIS OUT!!!!! A Judge in my state of Ill. in the County of Cook halted 1700 FRAUDCLOSURES BY FISHER AND SHAPIRO. LOOKS LIKE THEY WERE TRYING TO — USE FAULTY AFFADAVITS TO FRAUDCLOSE. WHEN THE JUDGE ASKED THE ATTORNEY HOW THEY WOULD FIX THE AFFADAVITS, THE ATTORNEY DESCRIBED THE FRAUDULENT WAY HE WOULD FIX THEM.. HE TOLD THE JUDGE HE WAS GOING TO — USE MORE FRAUD TO FIX THE FRAUD. THE JUDGE STOPPED ALL THE FRAUDCLOSURES BY FISHER AND SHAPIRO BECA– USE OF F_R_A_U_D_ in the FRAUDCLOSURES. I do not know the name of the judge, I will look for the link in my local news stories and post it here. IT IS ABOUT TIME., DUH!!!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! SWEET HOME CHICAGO!!!!!!

    • l vent says:

      Fisher and Shapiro, Fannie’s criminal attorney network are trying to FRAUDCLOSE on my home in the name of MERS. I had a title search done and there was no mortgage recorded on the title until 14 years after I bought my home. THAT IS FRAUD. They only get 12 years under the statute of limitations. My public recordings show there has not been a debt assigned to my deed in 19 years. 2 Separate county recorders offices told me in no uncertain terms, MY HO– USE IS PAID FOR, I CAN LIVE IN IT, SELL IT OR DO WHATEVER I WANT WITH IT THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS HAS RUN OUT ON THEM TO ASSIGN A DEBT TO MY DEED.. This does not even include the ORIGINATION FRAUD I FOUND, The new pin they gave me to cover up the ORIGINATION FRAUD, 11 years after I purchased my home or the FORGED SIGNATURES ON THE COPY OF MY NOTE. No wonder my original note and mortgage are endorsed in blank. An attorney told me this is what they did. HA!!!!! WHY did they do it? To cover up for the FRAUDULENT INDUCEMENT OF THE MORTGAGE AND NOTE. They needed collateral our collateral and our signature TO SPECULATE WILDLY ON WALL STREET’S CASINO OF FRAUD. THEY MADE TRILLIONS OFF OF OUR SIGNATURES BY USING THEM AS POKER CHIPS WITH THEIR CDO’S AND OTHER SPECULATIVE TOOLS. .RESCIND MY LOAN!!!!

  6. Pat says:

    I was getting ready to go find a notary to sign my house over to them this morning when I thought I would look up the law firm and this is what came up. I am confused. My house should have been forclosed on years ago, maybe they do not have the appropriate paperwork and can’t, so they are trying to get me to hand it over. I have thought something was not right from the day they gave me this loan.
    Wow, what do I do now?

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  8. LVLawman says:

    I don’t know what ya’ll really expected in the end. This will be replicated all over the country and by the state AGs and Feds with the banks.

    The operative thought is “To Big To Fail”. Do you think after pumping 3.5 trillion into the banking system to save the big boys they are going to let anybody, of any party, do anything to jeopardize the continuation of the banks that were just bailed out? Why do you think there is a bill working it’s way through congress that will let the banks skate on the sloppy paperwork and false legal filings?

    The reality is that we try to help one homeowner at a time and win those battles that we can. Most will fall prey to the powers that be because they won’t or can’t take up the good fight or live in non-judicial foreclosure states where it is almost impossible to fight in the State Courts because non of the judges get it still. The most sucesses here are in the Bankruptcy Court where the judges are extremely well learned and smart and the Trustees understand the arguments.

    Those who talk about bringing down the big banks and prosecuting senior banking executives for the crimes they have committed (which are voluminous) are just out of touch with the political realities and blowing smoke up each others orafices.

    The rest of us fight the good fight on a case by case basis and are winning more and more as time goes by,

  9. Maria says:

    TEXT OF THIS AGREEMENT IS DAMAGED AND HARD TO READ. PLEASE MAKE IT IN “BOLD” LETTERS.

  10. Confused says:

    Am I correct to conclude from this that the State of Florida and the courts basically don’t care about the current fraud going on in foreclosures?

    I am currently being foreclosed upon by Watson.

    Watson seems to have filed some erroneous documents.

    Should I try to get the foreclosure dismissed because of the erroneous documents? Or am I just wasting my time?

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

    • Joyce says:

      If you have a MERS loan you should fight it. What are the erroneous documents ?

      You should fight the foreclosure and no it’s not a waste of your time.

      What county do you live iin?

      In Brevard County where my property is the judicial has woken up and compiled pages off new foreclosure rules. We’ve already been successfully fighting our foreclosure, pro se, for two years. With the addition of these new rules fighting our foreclosure will be even easier. Now, instead of the court ramming through foreclosures every 3 minutes, they’ll have to stand by their own rules.

    • yvonne says:

      You are never wasting your time…this is why the situation exists…too many people dont think they can fight back…

    • We would love the opportunity to Review/Triage your documents…http://diligencegroupllc.net

    • Catherine Mc Manus says:

      Fannie Mae took thousands of files BACK from Marshall Watson, their former servicer—
      -read that article on this site, sorry, I do not have the link.
      Marshall Watson has/had my case but it has been taken back to Fannie.
      Case on docket since 2009-stale since August 2011 –
      Motion filed for In Camera Inspection of Docs & “Trade Secrets”…..

  11. pamelag says:

    seems like she settled cheap. yes petty cash. speak up each and everyone. silence implies approval. God Bless America

    • yvonne says:

      I view the settlement as a joke….and still no benefit to the clients that suffered…so I am observing that settlements, as good as they may sound, are going into other pockets…your thoughts.

  12. Joaquin Alonzo says:

    What the FLAG NOG is going on here? What is it about this country and all there cover ups for the Big Banks. Why is its that are leaders cant seem to lead us in the right direction. If an average Joe does anything wrong they get pinned against the wall. Thrown in jail. These @ssholes along with our fake leaders get away with Raping and pillaging the people of this country.

  13. Joyce says:

    WHAT A FREAKIN’ JOKE.

    OUR ONLY HOPE IS THAT OUR LOCAL CIRCUIT COURTS TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE BANKS GOING FORWARD.

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL HAS FINALLY AWAKENED FROM THEIR STUPOR.

    STILL SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WERE ILLEGALLY FORECLOSED ON.

  14. Lit Gant says:

    And Elizabeth Wellborn of Deerfield Beach skates?.

  15. Charles says:

    This so-called “settlement”, were it not so serious in nature, would be the JOKE OF THA DAY…! I cannot believe the Attorney General for Florida sold her office for $2 million dollars! YOU MUST CALL, EMAIL OR WRITE HER OFFICE AND COMPLAIN. The silence is deafining.

  16. Parettia says:

    So tell me Ms. Bondi, what happens to the homeowners that has already lost a lot, due to fraud from Marshall C Watson’s law firm? Why do you think the homeowners contacted your office via complaints with documented proof of their claim? for RESTITUTION. Theirs nothing indicated in the “Assurance of Voluntary Compliance” for the homeowners that turned MCW over to you, but still you are receiving $1M in payment of all legal fees, costs and investigative fees. The Florida homeowners again has been “prostituted by it’s pimp(Florida Attorney General).”

  17. lucinda says:

    admit to no wrong doing thats what there doing,and its funny but select portfolio servicing is one of watsons clients,they were sued a hell of alot,and they always admit to know wrong doing,yet the fraud and correption keep going,the FBI should have shut them down,this is forgery and fraud you go to prison for this kind of shit,anyone eles would have,a bribe you bet they did,CLOSE them down the att and servicers,fraud is fraud its illegal,GO TO jail you crooks………

  18. QNY81 says:

    Write to Atty Gen Pam Bondi. I did. This fine is ridiculous and the people of Florida must let her know that it is unacceptable and that she should rescind her offer because the people who elected her request it.

  19. RAMONA says:

    2 million? that is a joke!!! bribe, does sound more like it!!

  20. boots says:

    your AG conduct a fake investigation and again you are the victims.

    • THATS FLORIDA …..NOW EVERYONE KNOWS WHY THIS STATE HAS INTERNAL AND EXTERNIAL PROBLEMS….WHEN FRAUDS PASS THRU THE COURTS..APPROVED….AND THE LEGISLATORS SPEND TIME ON ISSUES OF MAKING IT A CRIME HAVING SEX WITH ANIMALS…..AND THE AG LET’S CRIME OFF FOR PENNIES INVOLVING LAW FIRMS….IN THE MEAN TIME… WE ARE ALL FIGHTING THE SCAM FRAUDSTERS OF THE RACKETEERING BANKSTERS THAT PULL THE STRINGS OF THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT HAS TURNED ON THE CITIZENS….CAST ALL AMERICA ASIDE TO GO FORWARD WITH THEIR NWO…..TO RUIN THE WORLD. ALL THOSE MENTIONED ABOVE HAVE DEEP POCKETS…YET ALL CITIZENS HAVE EMPTY POCKETS. AND THE CRIMES GO ALOT DEEPER… I E-MAILED FLORIDA’S AG…2 WEEKS AGO…AND RECEIVED A ‘ GENERIC E-MAIL BACK…I SAID PLENTY ABOUT THE CRIMES AND THE FRAUDS…BE IT WHOEVER….AND THE REPLY WAS A FARCE….JUST AS THIS SO CALLED SETTLEMENT IS…….POUR THE COALS TO THE AG…LET HER KNOW THAT THE ANGER IS FLOWING…SHE HAS PROVEN TO THE CITIZENS OF FLORIDA WHICH SIDE OF THE FENCE SHE IS ON….AND IT IS NOT ON OUR SIDE.

      • ANOTHER ALERT !!!! FOR THE CITIZENS OF FLORIDA.. …..http://api.ning.com/files/RXV3rkZO8NpRNx-5XNm2PeaHK86zSjm0NQwVDquTasOnMZ-DB*zjuLBgaozZEhIc5OX3S8yNUHpRZcqTCxUxBOv1oYaEQOAZ/PRETENDER_LENDERS_MOVING_ON_STATE_LEGISLATURES1.pdf VERY IMPORTANT……COME ON FLORIDA…WE NEED TO FIGHT THIS NOW…AND KEEP UP THE FIGHT ON THIS…THE BANKSTERS ARE MAKING THE CAPITOL IN TALLASSEE THEIR HOME BASE…E-MAIL THE LEGISLATURES AND THE GOVERNOR…SWAMP THEM WITH LETTERS, PHONE CALLS AND E-MAILS….OUR COURT SYSTEM MUST NOT BE CHANGED TO NON-JUDICIAL…..THE FRAUDSTERS BANKSTERS WANT THE COURTS TO BE IN THEIR CONTROL..NON-JUDICIAL…THAT MEANS NO STANDING….ALL FRAUDS WILL BE FRAUDS THAT DON’T EVEN COUNT…NO ONE WILL SEE THEM….AND ALL HOMES WILL BE FORECLOSED ON. E-MAIL FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS, FAMILY, POST THIS ON OTHER BLOGS…SPREAD THE WORD…ASK THEM ALL TO E-MAIL AGAINST NON-JUDICIAL COURTS IN FLORIDA…..DO THIS NOW….OR FLORIDA WILL BE THROWN TO THE WOLVES. IS THIS WHY THE STATE IS CLAIMING THE COURTS HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY? IS THIS MONEY ISSUE ‘ A FRONT ‘ IN ORDER TO GIVE THE FRAUDSTERS THE NON-JUDICIAL THEY HAVE ‘ BEGGED FOR’ ? OR PAID FOR? SOMETHING SMELLS WITH THIS…THERE IS MORE BEHIND THIS THAN WHAT IS BEING TOLD……..NO MONEY FOR COURT..(.LET’S GO NON-JUDICIAL..)..BET THE FLORIDA GOVERNMENT HAS THIS IN THEIR PLANS….TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THE STATE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO GO NON-JUDICIAL……THAT IS A FRIG’N LIE IF THAT IS WHAT THEY PLAN TO DO…AND TO SPLIT THE SUPREME COURT ONLY MAKES THIS MORE SUSPICIOUS…THE BANKSTERS HAVE BEEN ENTERTAINING THE CAPITOL..GOLFING WITH THEM…DINING WITH THEM….COME ON FOLKS….DON’T TRUST ANYONE…..CAN YOU SMELL IT NOW? i SURE CAN…..AND IT SMELLS ROTTEN……WAKE UP…AND FIGHT TO KEEP THE COURTS JUDICIAL…THAT IS OUR RIGHT….FIGHT NOW…..

      • CONCERNING THE LINK I SENT IN MY COMMENT…IT IS NOT NON-JUDICIAL…BUT BY THE SOUNDS OF THE LINK..IT MAY BE WORSE….THIS BILL WOULD GIVE THE LEGISLATURE POWER OVER RULE MAKING IN THE COURT SYSTEM…READ THE LINK ON WHAT WILL HAPPEN…I TAKE IT THE COURTS WILL JUST GIVE THE BANKS ALL THE HO– USES….BANKSTERS WON’T NEED ANY BURDEN OF PROOF….NOTHING…..JUST FILE AND APPEAR IN COURT….. IT APPEARS THE HOMEOWNER WILL HAVE NO RIGHTS…..THE HO– USE PANEL HAS MOVED THE BILL…WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHO IS ON THAT PANEL…FRY THEIR A$$…..http://api.ning.com/files/RXV3rkZO8NpRNx-5XNm2PeaHK86zSjm0NQwVDquTasOnMZ-DB*zjuLBgaozZEhIc5OX3S8yNUHpRZcqTCxUxBOv1oYaEQOAZ/PRETENDER_LENDERS_MOVING_ON_STATE_LEGISLATURES1.pdf TAKE A LOOK…..

  21. boots says:

    2 million is not enough to penalized this law firm. they should be bar from practicing law in florida. is AG office doing their job for accepting this money? i called it a “BRIBE”

  22. Officer of the Law says:

    No admission of any kind, but Watson officially pays $2,000,000 to buys the AG’s promise not to prosecute him, his firm and his clients.

    The AG could have prosecuted, received millions in damages from Watson and his clients, and helped stop fraudulent foreclosures, but for some reason, she chose to take a little cash and let the robbery continue.

    Who does the Florida AG really work for?

  23. John says:

    You must be kidding — right? It should be $200 million and lose their law practice.

  24. ray says:

    is that it? the agreement says what they did but they don’t admit it?anyone check to see if they donated to her campain?

  25. Fury says:

    a “settlement” of merely $2 million dollars?
    that is laughable. $2 million is not enough for ONE homeowner who has been defrauded by these crooks!
    the torment, fear, anguish! the plundering of our homes and life savings!

    get real, AGs!

    Pam, really. help the homeowners in your state who have lost EVERYTHING!
    your slide show was groovy but the homeowners need cold hard cash—everything they lost to these criminals!

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