Erin Collins Cullaro | Fired Assistant Attorney General to Pam Bondi Joins “Foreclosure Mill” Shapiro & Fishman

Surprised? You shouldn’t be…

It has just been brought to our attention that Ms Cullaro is now gainfully employed by one of Florida’s “Foreclosure Mills” (Shapiro & Fishman) that are under investigation by her former employer, Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi.

What’s next? David Stern to become the chief judge of the Florida supreme court?

And the revolving doors continue…

Wow…

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Background on Cullaro…

Assistant attorney general tied to foreclosure mill fired

By SHANNON BEHNKEN | The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA — The attorney general’s office has fired Erin Cullaro, an assistant Florida attorney general reprimanded last year for moonlighting for a “foreclosure mill.”

The termination follows a second reprimand in March from Gov. Rick Scott’s office, which questioned variations of her signature on legal documents.

The signature that was used to notarize affidavits of “reasonable attorney fees” is not the same signature she was commissioned to use, according to a letter from Scott’s office.

The April termination came from the office of Attorney General Pam Bondi. Jenn Meale, communications director for Bondi’s office, said “when the management team reviewed its personnel, they decided to terminate (Cullaro’s) employment.” Meale offered no further explanation.

Ricardo A. Roig, a Tampa lawyer who represents Cullaro, said “there is no evidence of wrongdoing.”

“There’s no question Erin complied with the spirit and the letter of the law,” Roig said. “There are differences in her signatures, but a lot of people change the way they sign their name.”

You can check out the rest of the report here…

Much more below….

As for the signatures, NOBODY changes their signatures like the examples above. Especially when they would vary from week to week.

Here is a copy of an Oath she signed back in 1996…

Her “real” signature sure looks like the examples above /sarcasm…

Anyway, for those who do not know who Ms Cullaro is, we will provide some background…

http://www.woodwardlaw.com/_/rsrc/1275853586088/Anthony_Woodward/Erin-Collins-Cullaro.png

Way back in 2009, we discovered Ms Cullaro was working for both the Attorney General’s Economic Crimes division at the same time she was working for the Florida Default Law Group, an entity that her office was investigating.

The following ensued…

From March 2010…

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LINK – Scandalous – Substantiated Allegations of Foreclosure Fraud That Implicates the Florida Attorney General’s Office and The Florida Default Law Group

Attached here is a must read Motion along with a copy of a transcript from a hearing held in a Volusia County Courtroom. The Motion lays out a very disturbing set of allegations…

This is a foreclosure action filed by WELLS FARGO BANK, NA (the “BANK”). The BANK is represented by Florida Default Law Group, P.L. (“FDLG”). On behalf of the BANK in this case, and on behalf of other clients in other cases, FDLG filed affidavits to establish that the attorneys’ fees it was allegedly paid were reasonable. The affidavits purport to have been executed by Lisa Cullaro, the appointed expert on attorneys’ fees. The notary who allegedly administered the expert’s oath and vouched for her signature was Erin Cullaro, a former employee of FDLG and now an Assistant Attorney General in the Economic Crimes Division of the Office of the Attorney General.

Economic Crimes Division. The same Economic Crimes Division that investigates firms like the FDLG?

What is it that William Black said?

“The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One“

Well How about this…

“The best way to stop an investigation is to become one of the investigators“

Not only was Erin just a former employee, it looks like she was one of the lead counsel for Michael Echeverria, the owner of FDLG (Florida Default Law Group)

Just recently their website http://www.echevarria.com/AttorneyProfiles.htm went “offline” but Google cashed version is here…

I also archived it here…

The public records request also revealed that Ms. Cullaro completed a “Request for Approval of Dual Employment” (From the Florida Attorney General’s Office) in which she certified that her secondary job notarizing documents “does not create a conflict of interest (as specified in Chapter 112, Part III, Florida Statutes) nor the appearance of impropriety…” Ms. Cullaro’s dual employment was limited to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Defendants proffer that they will show affidavits executed on days other than those approved by the Office of the Attorney General and that travel records suggest that Ms. Cullaro would have not been present in Florida on the date and time that an affidavit was notarized.

Mind blowing, isn’t it?

But wait, there’s more…

After all this broke, we came to find out about this…

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LINK – Erin Collins Cullaro – Assistant Attorney General? Florida Default Law Group Attorney? OR The Presiding Judge that Forecloses on Your Home?

13TH CIRCUIT JNC ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 21, 2009

CONTACT: Pedro F. Bajo, Jr., Chairman; pedro.bajo@akerman.com ,
13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (813) 223-7333

The Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is pleased to announce the following candidates will be interviewed for appointment to the currently vacant position of county court judge in and for Hillsborough County:

Lawrence Anzalone
Robert A. Bauman
Patrick Bowler Courtney
Erin Collins Cullaro

Fortunately, she did not get the position…

Pretty crazy right? Well, it gets even better…

After Erin and her sister in law were caught with their hands in the foreclosure cookie jar, they “promised” in court not to do it ever again…

“The Cullaros Promise Not to Provide Any More Expert or Notary Services…”

Next, the Cullaros promise this Court that they have ceased providing any expert witness or notary services to FDLG “and have no intention” to so in the future”.

Instead they found a replacement to handle the workload for the foreclosure mill…

LINK – Guess the Money is too Good to Pass Up – Introducing the Cullaros New Replacement – Expert Witness for Reasonable Attorneys Fees for FDLG Florida Default Law Group

After they were caught with their hands in the foreclosure cookie jar, they “promised” not to do it ever again…

“The Cullaros Promise Not to Provide Any More Expert or Notary Services…”

Next, the Cullaros promise this Court that they have ceased providing any expert witness or notary services to FDLG “and have no intention” to so in the future”.

Kind of like when a shoplifter gets caught walking out of the store with some merchandise, then trying to give it back promising never to do it again to avoid being prosecuted, right?

Well, to my surprise, it seems like they are living up to their promise, kind of…

It looks like Erin Cullaro and Lisa Cullaro are no longer providing Expert or Notary services to the FDLG.

Since they have been replaced by JOHN CULLARO, ERIN’S CULLARO’S HUSBAND!!!

Interestingly enough, John Cullaro is a DUI Defense Attorney who now is also an “Expert Witness” for Reasonable Attorney Fees for Foreclosure cases.

Go figure…

Guess the FDLG money is too great to pass up, even if it opens the door to potential depositions and other legal issues that may haunt John in the months to come…

So there you have it. It was a long time coming.

Oh, and one last thing. The tribune also mentioned something about Cullaro’s “termination follows a second reprimand in March from Gov. Rick Scott’s office, which questioned variations of her signature on legal documents.”

Wonder what that was all about… Oh, yea, it was this… Lisa has her hand in everything…

Erin Cullaro Response to Notary Complaint

Lisa Epstein’s Response to Erin and Lisa Cullaro


Other examples of affidavits and related court files below…

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4closureFraud.org

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Motion / Transcript

Affidavit of John Cullaro as to Reasonable Attorney Fees

Notice to File Affidavit of Reasonable Attorney Fees



Comments
23 Responses to “Erin Collins Cullaro | Fired Assistant Attorney General to Pam Bondi Joins “Foreclosure Mill” Shapiro & Fishman”
  1. Bryan says:

    No one in Government is going to do anything about this. Good old network keeping people employed. When they are attacked or become targets by angry Americans who have reached the breaking point, then they will say the crazy people are the bad ones. Just a matter of time before you see someone taking out the people stealing homes.

    • incognito123 says:

      I’ve been saying that for couple of years. Unless this stops, it will not be a matter of if, but when

  2. Fury says:

    cullaro’s been hired by the f/c mill along w/ retiring judges? !!!!!
    why of course!

    good God almighty, things are corrupt in florida!

    • Maggie May says:

      LOL

    • Tim Bryant says:

      If we had a real FBI, this would be a public corruption matter that they should investigate. They will only act if you lie about your mortgage docs, apparently.

      • Maggie May says:

        dont u read papers all foreclosure people going to jail here and there..on diff note go check ocala star banner bankers crooks 1 shot down other in trouble same chitty bankers diff name depending on the day:)

      • incognito123 says:

        Tim, bought and paid for with your tax dollars!

  3. 2 Pirates Over 40 says:

    Say it aint so Joe,…………….

    Just shows you that the sharks don’t eat their young……..
    they just go live and work with the relatives…………………….

    • Maggie May says:

      TRUE.. i jut try to look at the blessings in my life not eh bad things for in doing so you let bad guys win!! and i so know theyre having some sleepless days and nights:)

  4. l vent says:

    Death to the tyranny!!!!!!!

  5. see says:

    Well she has these wonderful skills to spread all around. She must have been in great demand. Any foreclosure mill’s dream. Hope she trips on her skills on the way to lunch.

  6. Jason Werner says:

    A new sucker is born every day certainly holds true for that new rookie. Wow, such a corrupt mess out there.

  7. Fighting Mad says:

    Oh and to think that IF the AG’s office would have even considered the rest of the complaints against the Cullaro trio. Hmmmmm, they make it sound as though only a few people complained about the Cullaro’s and the AG office sprumg into action immediately and is serious about those few complaints. They failed to mention all the other complaints from anyone else. Good Job Lisa E. – again – at getting our government to take action!!!!

    Finally – one step closer. I have 3 documents from Lisa/Erin Cullaro. It is ONE affidavit of attorney’s fees signed on TUESDAY, January 13, 2009. Sent to me in May 2009, July 2009, and again in September 2010. Yep – you read that correct. Seems quite strange that I would receive this same document AFTER the Cullaros were no longer at Florida Default Law Group. (sarcasm)

    1 DOCUMENT SIGNED BY BOTH LISA AND ERIN = PHOTOCOPIED 3 TIMES = SENT WITH AN AFFIDAVIT OF ATTORNEYS FEES ON 3 DIFFERENT DATES – AND ENTERED INTO OUR FILE AT THE CLERKS OFFICE.

    Nahhhhhh no deception or wrong-doing there.

    Now she has the ability to ‘inform’ Shapiro/Fishman group of any information in which the AG’s office possibly has on the mills – sounds like a violation of ethics!

  8. Tim Bryant says:

    Florida is starting to resemble Chicago, eh? Doesn’t Florida have any Conflict of Interest laws?

    What is scarier is that if you were a legit law firm, wouldn’t you want to distance yourself from her? That says a lot about the arrogance.

    • Maggie May says:

      SO TRUE!

    • l vent says:

      You are right, Tim, the whole country has turned into a giant Crook County. This is what happens when the fox is guarding the hen house.

      • Maggie May says:

        LOL AND COUNTRY GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET TOO!!

      • l vent says:

        What the Banksters, Wall Street and the Fed haven’t stolen, these bastards will come up with other manufactured crisises and disasters to kill as many of us off as they can.. The evil bastards hiding behind the scenes of all of this truly are diabolical and maniacal. I don’t live in fear but even my 15 year old daughter said who knows what they are planning, I don’t tell her much about what I know, but these kids are really smart. My daughter told me they have a class at her H.S about the Iluminati that you can take when you are a senior. The secrets are out. The people have to unite and share and spread the knowledge to fight this New World Order tyranny that is out to dominate the world.

  9. Maggie May says:

    PATIENCE!

  10. Pamela says:

    These people trade jobs and re invent themselves on a regular basis never mind the conflict of interest issue that oddly enough doesn’t seem to crop up until 20 years later when the statue of limitations is up on the conflict of interest issue.WTF?Are people really this stupid?

  11. Maggie May says:

    I LIMIT MY COMMENTS ON THIS FINE WEBSITE BECA– USE I DOWNT WANT TO SPEW AND CA– USE SOME OLD J DIABETIC WITCH OR DEVIL TO GET A SPIKE IN THEIR SUGAR AND BLOW! GOOD POST!

  12. AvianMedia says:

    Eventually we will come around to recognizing that public execution has its rightful place in an out-of-control oligarchy.

  13. Oh FL Bar.

    I know there’s the whole issue w/ the legal malpractice carrier you set up being on the hook for the problems the mill lawyers have created. Granted, paying out 100,000 claims to Stern’s clients might be painful. I mean, if each was injured for, say, only $10K apiece (these are mortgages) that’s a billion dollars. But, hey .. it is a private company after all so get over it.

    It’s time to exercise that perception of impropriety clause in the Rules of Professional Responsibility a little more and do something. Seriously .. anything. Show us there’s a pulse there. You know the drill: under the Judicial Immunity Rule you’re the only organization that can do anything to lawyers that misbehave which, of course, obligates you to actually behave like a government agency — not a private business — and act.

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