Fraudsters in Florida
A history of settlements for various frauds within the lending industry in Florida
The financial industry’s fraud continues impacting Floridians. These settlements highlight the scope and scale of what homeowners all over Florida are encountering. We must work to strengthen Florida’s consumer protection laws.
Mr.Cooper and Nationstar Mortgage
The country’s fourth-largest mortgage servicer. which does business as Mr. Cooper, violated consumer protection laws during its servicing of mortgage loans.
- Failed to identify thousands of loans with existing modifications
- Failed to recognize transferred loans with pending loss mitigation applications or trial modification plans
- Failed to identify and honor other borrowers’ loan modification agreements
- Foreclosed on borrowers to whom it had promised foreclosure holds while they applied for loss mitigation relief
- Improperly increased borrowers’ permanent, modified monthly loan payments
- Untimely payments of borrowers’ tax payments from their escrow accounts
- Failed to properly conduct escrow analyses for borrowers during their Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings
- Failed to timely remove private mortgage insurance from borrowers’ accounts
The agreement with Florida will provide at least $8.6 million in consumer relief, including $2.1 million to Floridians who were harmed as a result of Ocwen’s alleged servicing failures including;
- Untimely payments of borrowers’ insurance premiums
- Improper lender forced-placed insurance
- Overcharging for property preservation inspections
- Robo signing (where foreclosure documents were signed by people who had no knowledge about whether the information contained in the documents was correct)
- Charging improper fees
- Providing false or misleading reasons for denying loan modifications
- Failing to honor in-process loan modifications agreed to by prior servicers
Other benefits obtained for Florida borrowers include at least $1 million in mortgage loan modifications and approximately $5.5 million in late fee waivers for eligible borrowers. Ocwen will also pay more than $3 million in civil penalties and reimbursement for the Attorney General Office’s fees and costs.
HSBC National Settlement
HSBC Bank USA has agreed to a $470 million settlement to address what Florida’s Attorney General called mortgage origination, servicing and foreclosure abuses. The settlement provides direct payments to borrowers for past foreclosure abuses and requires the company to provide loan modifications and other consumer relief. About 6,400 Florida borrowers will be eligible for payments.
SunTrust National Settlement
SunTrust has agreed to pay $320 million to resolve the criminal investigation into SunTrust’s HAMP Program.
Lender Processing Services
Lender Processing Services, A.K.A "DocX Document services"- LPS shall pay a total of $7,659,176.00 as settlement payment with states attorneys general of 46 states and the District of Columbia. The settlements resolve all the investigations including former document preparation, verification, signing and notarization practices of certain operations.
National Mortgage Settlement
National Mortgage Settlement case, Florida obtained a guarantee from Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of America to ensure that at least $4 billion in relief under the settlement is provided to Floridians. Florida will receive a total value of more than $4 billion in credits and $8 billion in total dollar value.