“I don’t understand it. I never missed a payment. I don’t have a house anymore.”
Nationstar Faces Allegations of Foreclosure Fraud
A Shelby County Circuit Court lawsuit and government records revealed a pattern of fraud allegations against mortgage-servicing company Nationstar Mortgage.
The WMC Action News 5 Investigators launched an investigation of the Dallas-based mortgage-servicer after it foreclosed on the Cordova, Tennessee, home of Linda Howard. Howard and her husband had owned the home since 1998. Her attorney Kevin Snider produced records that proved Howard never missed a payment since Nationstar Mortgage started servicing her mortgage in 2011.
Also according to the records, Nationstar Mortgage suddenly started refusing her monthly payments in February of this year. From February to May, the company sent her payments back with statements posting thousands of dollars in unexplained fees like “property inspections” and “disbursement insurance.”
“I wrote them. I called them. And I got no response,” Howard said.
Snider said Nationstar Mortgage kept returning Howard’s payments and kept ignoring her requests for explanation of the fees until it foreclosed on her house in May, then sold it at auction. “Nationstar improperly foreclosed on the property,” Snider said.
Snider filed a lawsuit on Howard’s behalf in Shelby County Circuit Court. The suit alleges Nationstar Mortgage committed negligence, fraud, breach of contract, breach of the implied consent of good faith and fair dealing, violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and unjust enrichment based on “…improper, inaccurate and fraudulent representations” of “…improper or excessive late fees” designed to force the Howards into foreclosure “…so that (Nationstar Mortgage) could acquire the property with its large equity at a bargain basement price.”