- March 20, 2007
- All Florida Issuing Offices
- Mortgage Fraud
Another real estate scam has surfaced over the last couple of months resulting in arrests being made at the closing table. The scenario is similar to those we have heard about in the past. As reported in the Tampa Tribune on December 15, 2006, the most recent scam involved an illegal immigrant attempting to secure a fraudulent mortgage with the help of an out of state mortgage broker. As is typical in other scams, the sales price of the house was grossly inflated and a disbursement was to be paid to a company recently formed by the borrower. The mortgage broker insisted the disbursement not be shown on the settlement statement. In addition, he insisted the addendum showing the inflated purchase price was not to be sent to the lender. Obviously, this practice violates both state and federal law. Inconsistencies in the loan application prompted the lender to contact the FBI who arranged for a sting operation. You can read the complete article at: http://www.tbo.com/news/metro/MGBXGDH4QVE.html
Unfortunately, this is just one of many fraudulent
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