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Officials Recap Year-Long Effort of Distressed Homeowner Initiative

Federal officials jointly announced Tuesday the results of the Distressed Homeowner Initiative, which is the first nationwide effort focusing on fraud schemes that target struggling homeowners. Led by members of the Mortgage Fraud Working Group of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, the initiative spanned from October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012. Federal officials revealed the efforts have led to 530 criminal defendants charged in 285 federal criminal indictments or informations filed throughout the U.S.

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Three Arrested for Bank Fraud Related to Park Avenue Failure

Three men were arrested Monday for bank fraud connected to the fall of New York's Park Avenue Bank in 2010, the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Trouble Asset Relief Program announced. Wilbur Anthony Huff, Matthew L. Morris, and Allen Reichman were presented in federal court for their alleged roles in the collapse of the Manhattan bank.

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RMBS Working Group Sues JPMorgan for Securities Fraud

New York attorney general and co-chair of RMBS Working Group Eric T. Schneiderman announced a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase Bank, JPMorgan Securities, LLC (formerly known as Bear Stearns & Co.), and EMC Mortgage LLC (formerly EMC Mortgage Corporation). Schneiderman's complaint alleges that Bear Stearns led investors to believe that the quality of loans in its mortgage-backed securities had been carefully evaluated and would be monitored. The complaint further alleges that as a result of Bear Stearns' and the other defendants' negligence, investors suffered cumulative losses of approximately $22.5 billion.

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California Man Faces Up to 30 Years for Foreclosure Scheme

A California man was placed under arrest Friday on a complaint charging him with mail fraud for running a multistate scam that bilked homeowners out of more than $3.1 million. Alan David Tikal of Brentwood, California, was arrested at his home for a complaint that he scammed more than 1,000 homeowners out of millions of dollars in a fraudulent foreclosure rescue scheme.

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Final California Homeowners’ Rights Bills Signed into Law

California attorney general Kamala Harris announced Tuesday that the final parts of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The governor signed three bills: SB 1474, AB 1950, and AB 2610. The governor previously signed into law three other components of the Homeowner Bill of Rights. All aspects of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights will take effect at the start of 2013.

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Report: Mortgage Litigation Eases in Q1, Expected to Level Off

While this year's $25 billion mortgage settlement may have eased mortgage litigation in the first quarter, legal activity still remains relatively high, according to a report from Mortgage Daily. The site tracked 216 mortgage-related lawsuits that saw activity during the first quarter of 2012, a slight easing from activity in fourth-quarter 2011, during which 244 cases were tracked. The decline in activity was attributed mostly to changing standards brought on in response to the national mortgage settlement.

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