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Florida Stock Promoter Charged with Defrauding Investors

Florida Stock Promoter Charged with Defrauding Investors

The Securites and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed fraud charges against a former Florida-based stock promoter, Robert J. Vitale, who is currently serving a two-year prison term for lying to SEC investigators. The SEC's complaint alleges Vitale defrauded investors in a Florida real estate venture, sold unregistered securities, and acted as an unregistered broker-dealer.

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Former Bank President Pleads Guilty to TARP Fraud

Former Bank President Pleads Guilty to TARP Fraud

The Federal Reserve Board announced the issuance of a Consent Order of Prohibition against Darryl Woods, the former president and chairmen of the board of directors of Calvert Financial Corporation. Woods also served as the former CFO and chairman of the board of directors of Mainstreet Bank.

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Credit Default Rates Fall Again in March

Credit Default Rates Fall Again in March

Data through March 2014 found that national credit default rates declined for the month, according to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices. All five national indices (composite, first mortgage, second mortgage, bank card, and auto loans) showed a decline for the second consecutive month.

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Seriously Underwater Properties Fall to Lowest Level in Two Years

Seriously Underwater Properties Fall to Lowest Level in Two Years

9.1 million U.S. residential properties were seriously underwater in the first quarter of 2014, according to RealtyTrac's U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report. Seriously underwater properties, which are homes where the combined loan amount secured by the property is at least 25 percent higher than the property's estimated market value, represented 17 percent of all properties with a mortgage.

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Bank of America Legal Expenses Hurt Q1 Earnings

Bank of America Legal Expenses Hurt Q1 Earnings

Bank of America’s first-quarter earnings were hit hard by legal expenses, resulting in a net loss of $276 million to start the year. The loss follows a profitable fourth quarter of 2013, which saw the bank taking in $3.4 billion. For the first quarter of 2013, BofA reported net income of $1.5 billion. The results for the first quarter include $6 billion in litigation expenses related to a major settlement the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) over legacy securities claims.

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Report: Bank Mergers Outpace Bank Failures

Report: Bank Mergers Outpace Bank Failures

According to the Mortgage Graveyard report by Mortgage Daily, the number of mortgage-related failures has significantly declined this past year, and wholesale lenders are disappearing equally as quickly. However, mortgage mergers are on the rise.

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4 Indicted in ‘Massive Bank Fraud Scheme’

4 Indicted in ‘Massive Bank Fraud Scheme’

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced that four men—Sean Cutting, Brian Melland, Bijan Madjlessi, David Lonich—have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, false statements to a bank, false bank entries, and obstruction of justice.

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Missouri Businessmen Plead Guilty to Fraud

Missouri Businessmen Plead Guilty to Fraud

The Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced that James Crews and Michael Hilbert pleaded guilty to defrauding Excel Bank. According to plea agreements, Crews and Hilbert admitted to making false statements to Excel Bank with respect to escrow funds or “fix funds” set aside to repair rental homes financed through the bank.

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Freddie Mac Extends Mortgage Relief to Washington Disaster Victims

Freddie Mac Extends Mortgage Relief to Washington Disaster Victims

Freddie Mac commented Wednesday that its' full menu of mortgage relief policies are available for borrowers who are affected by disasters in the state of Washington from recent flooding and landslides. The company said, "Freddie Mac's disaster relief policies enable servicers to help borrowers with homes in presidentially declared Major Disaster Areas where federal Individual Assistance programs are being made available."

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