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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - FBI MORTGAGE FRAUD REPORT
Sunday, 29 May 2005

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FINANCIAL CRIMES REPORT TO THE PUBLIC
                              
 
                    MORTGAGE FRAUD - MAY 2005
The increased reliance by both financial institutions and non-financial institution lenders on third-party brokers has created opportunities for organized fraud groups, particularly where mortgage industry professionals are involved.

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Fraud in Houston Housing
Monday, 04 April 2005

Audit slams housing agency
A report finds potential fraud, other problems widespread in city department
For more than a decade, Houston's Housing and Community Development Department chose projects based on its directors' whims, allowed for massive defaults on loans and created opportunities for conflicts of interest and fraud, an independent review of the department concludes.

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Realty Times - Mortgage Fraud
Tuesday, 29 March 2005
Mortgage Fraud Remedies Proposed
In an effort to take a bite out of the growing crime spree in mortgage fraud, federal regulators proposed this week that mortgage mammoths, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac promptly report real and suspected mortgage fraud and create the internal control systems to detect the financial scourge.
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Appraisal Fraud
Tuesday, 29 March 2005

 The Associated Press
Appraiser sentenced in real-estate fraud
SPOKANE — A real-estate appraiser has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and must repay $287,796 to his victims of real-estate fraud... Hansen, who operated his own appraisal business, inflated appraisals on homes purchased by vulnerable buyers, U.S. Attorney James McDevitt said.

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Texas Legislature may take giant step to squash Mortgage Fraud

Tougher mortgage fraud penalties eyed
Mortgage fraud is on the rise, and the Texas Legislature may take a giant step to squash it. Instead of penalizing mortgage fraud perpetrators under general fraud laws, a pending bill would establish specific punishments for mortgage fraud, including imprisonment for up to 20 years and fines of up to $10,000 for knowingly making false statements...Early mortgage defaults, a sign of fraud, are problems in large Texas cities. Houston ranked as the third-worst city for loans originated between 2002 and '05. Dallas-Fort Worth ranked sixth. San Antonio tied for No. 11 with Columbus, Ohio, making these cities "potential fraud hot spots," according to the institute.

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