Corruption? | Foreclosure Fraud Investigators Forced Out at Pam Bondi’s Office

Hello all.

This is how scary it is in Florida. The only investigators in the entire state that were actually doing something to protect Florida homeowners are now gone…

We have been waiting for this story to break in the press before we discussed it. Now that it is out we will be providing more details on what went down here.

These women worked on these investigations intensely for over a year but shortly after Bondi came into office, they were fired…

More to come, but for now, from the Palm Beach Post…

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Foreclosure fraud investigators forced out at attorney general’s office

By Kimberly Miller

A lead foreclosure fraud investigator for the state said she and a colleague were forced to resign from the Florida attorney general’s office, unexpectedly ending their nearly yearlong pursuit to hold law firms and banks accountable.

Former Assistant Attorney General Theresa Edwards and colleague June Clarkson had been investigating the state’s so-called “foreclosure mills,” uncovering evidence of legal malpractice that also implicated banks and loan serv­icers.

Despite positive performance evaluations, Edwards said the two were told during a meeting with their supervisor in late May to give up their jobs voluntarily or be let go. Edwards said no reason was given for the move.

“It all happened very abruptly,” said Edwards, who had worked in the attorney general’s office for about three years.

The foreclosure investigations were launched under former Attorney General Bill McCollum, but Edwards said she sensed changes were coming under Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

“I think they wanted to put people in there that were more in line with their thinking,” Edwards said.

Bondi’s press secretary said Tuesday that foreclosure investigations are still open and are being personally led or supervised by Division Director Richard Lawson.

“The division has made these investigations a top priority and will continue to actively pursue all of our investigations into foreclosure law firms,” said Jennifer Krell Davis.

But Edwards said she was given no time to brief anyone on the investigations and that there were notes that had yet to be transcribed and filed.

Davis said she could not comment on personnel issues when asked about the nature of the resignations.

On May 20, Edwards said she and Clarkson were summoned together to a meeting at 3:30 p.m. and told by Robert Julian, then the South Florida bureau chief for the Economic Crimes Section of the attorney general’s office, that they had the opportunity to resign or would be let go immediately. They turned in nearly identical resignation letters that day.

“We had absolutely no idea it was coming,” said Edwards, who in an April 22 performance review she provided to The Palm Beach Post was praised by Julian.

“During this interim period, Ms. Edwards has, along with another attorney, achieved what is believed to be the first settlement in the United States relating to law firm foreclosure mills,” the review says. “Her work has been instrumental in triggering a nationwide review of such practices.”

The Fort Lauderdale-based Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson agreed to pay $2 million in March to settle the attorney general’s investigation.

Clarkson, who is on vacation and could not be reached Tuesday, also received high marks from Julian on a performance evaluation in September, which was obtained through a public records request. She was given “above expectation” or “exceptional” rankings in 14 of 15 categories.

Edwards said Julian has since been placed in another position. A message left at his office Tuesday was not returned.

In sworn statements taken by Edwards and Clarkson as part of their investigation of the Law Offices of David J. Stern, former employees described conditions where signatures were regularly forged on foreclosure documents, paperwork was notarized by non-notaries, and flawed files were hidden from auditors of federal mortgage backers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Fannie and Freddie subsequently fired Stern’s Plantation-based firm, and would eventually stop sending business to two other South Florida firms facing state inquiry.

“I know those two ladies did a yeoman’s job, and it perplexed me when they left the office,” Josh Bleil, a partner in the Ticktin Law Group foreclosure defense firm, said about Edwards and Clarkson. “They were instrumental in creating the Power Point presentation that blew up everything.”

Bleil is referring to a 98-page report titled “Unfair, Deceptive and Unconscionable Acts in Foreclosure Cases,” which outlines instances of questionable signatures and notarizations, as well as foreclosures filed by entities that might not have had the legal ability to foreclose.

Julian notes in Edwards’ April performance review that the foreclosure investigation has faced criticism.

His opponents said McCollum was politically motivated when he issued subpoenas to three law firms in August before the Republican primary. McCollum, who now works for the SNR Denton law firm in Washington, could not be reached Tuesday.

You can check out the rest here…

And be sure to comment on the original article here…

Their “Unfair, Deceptive and Unconscionable Acts in Foreclosure Cases” presentation below…

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Unfair, Deceptive and Unconscionable Acts in Foreclosure Cases

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51 Responses to “Corruption? | Foreclosure Fraud Investigators Forced Out at Pam Bondi’s Office”
  1. Can you impeach AG’s in FL.?

  2. Fury says:

    can i ask, why does pam bondi still have her job when she has bowed down to the fraudclosure kings?

    why were the 2 investigators in her office FIRED (yes they were FIRED) for helping defrauded homeowners?

    florida is utterly corrupt. i cannot tell you the many stories of my own friends and their families and what they have endured in the state of florida.

    • lvent says:

      YOU GUYS SHOULD STAGE A PROTEST OUTSIDE HER OFFICE. DON’T LEAVE UNTIL THE CROOKED BIYATCH RESIGNS.

    • lvent says:

      Doesn’t sound so SUNSHINEY IN THE SUNSHINE STATE FURY…… We need to take our country back, one state at a time.

    • incognito123 says:

      That’s an easy question to answer, those with $$$ and power put her there because THEY want her there. Look @ the campaign money.

  3. Fury says:

    pam bondi’s office is a nest of vipers.

    how dare she act like she is representing the people of florida.
    2 women fighting the fraud have been axed.

    does florida think that no ones reads the internet?

    the state (the corrupt governor on down thru bondi) have annihilated the state w/ their kiss-ass deals w/ the frauidclosure mills.

    the judiciary is a sham. i am glad the ACLU has gotten involved.

    i suspect many under-the-table deals w/ judges who now have left their benches and work for the f/c firms.

    sick. sick. sick.

  4. lvent says:

    The people of Florida should force that clown AG Bondi’s resignation. She is obstrucing justice.

    • lvent says:

      AG BONDI IS OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE. SHE SHOULD BE FORCED TO RESIGN. SHE IS COVERING- UP FOR THE PONZI SCHEME CRIMINALS.

  5. vince faulkner says:

    Here is a copy of the e-mail that I sent to Pam Bondi yesterday. I have contacted her office several times in the past and usually there is no response. They did not even respond to the complaint I filed after they sent me the complaint form.

    In January of this year I helped a friend prepare and file a complaint against the Law office of David Stern with your office and have not heard another word. Now I find out that two members of your staff that were investigating foreclosure fraud have either resigned or asked to leave or risk being fired. Add that to the measly 2 million dollar fine handed to the office of Marshall Watson and I start to wonder if your office really cares about the fraud being brought upon the courts and the good people of Florida. If you don’t pay your mortgage[if you can] you should lose your home but at least make the banks and the lawyers foreclose without fraud. Also something needs to be done for all the people in Florida who have already lost their home due to these fraudulent foreclosures. If anyone in your office would like to see dozens and dozens of fraudulent docs I will be more than happy to share them with you.

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