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The Federal Trade Commission has charged a debt relief operation with falsely representing to financially distressed homeowners and student loan borrowers that it would help get their mortgages and student loans modified. At the FTC’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted the operation....
Bajo los términos de un acuerdo que resuelve los cargos presentados por la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) imputándoles haber engañado a propietarios de viviendas que estaban enfrentando una ejecución hipotecaria, cuatro estafadores de modificaciones de hipotecas, Brian...
Four mortgage modification scammers, Brian Pacios, Chad Caldaronello, Justin Moreira and Derek Nelson will be banned from selling debt relief products and services under settlements resolving Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived homeowners facing foreclosure.
A mortgage relief services company and its owner, have agreed to settle allegations that they illegally charged homeowners an up-front fee for help they promised but never provided, and they will be banned from selling debt relief services under a federal court order.
FTC won court action against Jackson, Crowder & Associates and Crowder Law Group
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court halted a sham operation that allegedly told financially distressed homeowners it would help get their mortgages modified, but instead effectively stole their mortgage payments, leading some to foreclosure and bankruptcy. The FTC seeks to...
A national mortgage servicing company will pay $63 million to resolve Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau charges that it harmed homeowners with illegal loan servicing and debt collection practices.
Continuing to crack down on phony mortgage relief programs, a federal court has temporarily halted Los Angeles-based Wealth Educators, Inc. and its president from offering mortgage relief services at the Federal Trade Commission’s request. The agency charged the defendants with failing to provide...
Marketers who helped promote a Utah-based home loan modification scheme will be banned from the mortgage relief and debt relief industries under a court settlement resolving charges by the Federal Trade Commission that they violated the law by promoting the loan modification scam, which conned...
A federal court has entered orders against 22 defendants who offered financially strapped consumers fake home-loan modification services that the FTC claims violated the FTC Act and the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule. The MARS Rule bans mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan...
The National Association of Residential Property Managers, Inc. (NARPM) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) have agreed to eliminate provisions in their respective codes of ethics that limit competition among their members, according to the FTC. These settlements are...
The Federal Trade Commission today released a staff report stating that compliance by real estate advertisers with federal credit advertising laws in major newspapers in 42 cities has risen to 90 percent, up from 86 percent in early 1984, as a result of a continuing FTC effort. Since January 1983,...
Note: A conference call for media with Katie Fallow, FTC Deputy Director for Consumer Protection, and CFBP Deputy Director Steve Antonakes was held on July 23, 2014. Katie Fallow and FTC staff took questions from the media about the case.
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission described how it evaluates the potential competitive effects of regulating occupations, trades, and professions, and the agency’s efforts to promote competition among professionals.
A Pennsylvania-based home builder that offers home financing has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by advertising low-cost mortgages while hiding fees and not disclosing vital information about the true cost of the mortgages. “These defendants tricked consumers...
An online operation in the business of finding potential borrowers for mortgage companies will pay a $225,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers about the terms of the mortgages.
CoreLogic, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $661 million acquisition of DataQuick Information Systems, Inc. from TPG VI Ontario 1 AIV L.P. (TPG) would likely substantially lessen competition in the market for national assessor and recorder bulk data.
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has settled charges brought against a group of real estate brokers in southeastern Michigan for violating the antitrust laws by adopting and enforcing rules and policies that block certain property listings from the MiRealSource Multiple Listing...
Los demandados de dos presuntas estafas separadas han aceptado resolver los cargos presentados por la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) y se les prohibirá proveer servicios de asistencia para deudores hipotecarios y de alivio de endeudamiento.
The defendants in two separate alleged scams have settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission and will be banned from providing mortgage- and debt-relief services.  The cases are part of the FTC’s continuing crackdown on scams targeting consumers in financial distress, including debt relief...

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