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California Anti-Blight Bill Signed into Law

California governor Edmund G. Brown signed into law a bill to help combat neighborhood blight, state attorney general Kamala Harris announced Monday. The bill-AB 2314-gives new homeowners additional time to fix any code violations in a home before local agencies move in to enforce the codes. It also extends indefinitely an existing provision that requires the owner of a foreclosed property to maintain the property.

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Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud, Faces Up to 20 Years

A Virginia developer pled guilty Friday for his role in a massive bank fraud scheme that contributed to the collapse of Bank of the Commonwealth, officials announced Monday. Thomas E. Arney, 56, of Chesapeake, Virginia pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, unlawful monetary transactions, and making false statements, according to the statement.

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Nevada Committee Passes $11.7M Foreclosure Help Proposal

The Nevada Legislature's Interim Finance Committee passed an $11.7 million proposal to address mortgage fraud and the state's foreclosure crisis, attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto announced Friday. The proposal outlines the first part of a three-year, estimated $33.5 million dollar program that uses part of Nevada's share of the national mortgage settlement to help struggling homeowners.

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Officials Charge Fugitive Who Operated Illegal Foreclosure Scam

Federal officials announced Monday that a federal fugitive of 12 years was charged with identity theft and fraud after operating an illegal foreclosure-rescue scheme. Glen Alan Ward of Canada was indicted Friday on two counts of bankruptcy fraud, one count of mail fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

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Arizona Attorney General Files Loan Mod Scam Suits

Arizona attorney general Tom Horne announced the filing of two lawsuits against Arizona companies offering allegedly fraudulent mortgage modification services to distressed homeowners. Horne brought suits against Phoenix-based Making All Homes Affordable, LLC (MAHA) and Tucson-based La Paz Source, LLC, alleging fraudulent practices by the two companies.

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Eight Companies Sued for Alleged ‘Abusive Foreclosure Practices’ in Ohio

A lawsuit against eight companies in the mortgage industry alleges the defendants used fraudulent mortgage documents to process foreclosures on Ohio homeowners and charged the foreclosed homeowners inflated, unfair fees. According to the lawsuit, the companies were involved in ""abusive foreclosure practices"" that involved preparing, executing, and notarizing fraudulent court documents and assignments of mortgages used to initiate and prosecute foreclosures.

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SEC Charges Wells Fargo Over Risky Investment Advice

SEC announced Tuesday that it has charged Wells Fargo's brokerage firm and former VP Shawn McMurtry for selling investments tied to mortgage-backed securities without fully understanding them or disclosing the risks involved. SEC said the firm's representatives did not understand the true nature, risks, and volatility behind such products and recommended them to investors with ""conservative investment objectives.""

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Former Fannie Mae CEO Facing SEC Charges

A former Fannie Mae executive now finds himself facing charges from the SEC of misleading investors about the GSE's loans. According to a complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, ex-CEO Dan Mudd, along with two other defendants, allegedly misled investors into thinking the company had far less exposure risky loans than it actually had. SEC accuses Mudd, Enrico Dallavecchia, and Thomas Lund of creating ""materially false and misleading statements regarding Fannie Mae's exposure to subprime and Alt-A loans"" between 2006 and 2008.

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Former FirstCity Bank President Receives 12-Year Sentence

The former president of FirstCity Bank of Georgia, Mark A. Conner, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for bank fraud conspiracy and perjury, SIGTARP and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Quillian Yates jointly announced Friday in a release. Conner, 46, was charged for his role in a multi-million dollar conspiracy to defraud FirstCity Bank and for hiding and lying about assets in his personal bankruptcy case.

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