It’s working, folks. I’ve told you how, one by one, judges are having epiphanies and forcing banks to prove a legitimate paper trail — and standing to sue — before they foreclose on people’s houses.
Now, the Florida Attorney General has launched an investigation into foreclosure mill law firms which stand accused of filing foreclosures in court based upon fraudulent and forged documents as well as the companies that create these documents.
From a press release by the Florida AG’s office:
The Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Division is investigating whether improper documentation may have been created and filed with Florida courts to speed up foreclosure processes, potentially without the knowledge or consent of the homeowners involved.
Because many mortgages have been bought and sold by different institutions multiple times, key paperwork involved in the process to obtain foreclosure judgments is often missing. On numerous occasions, allegedly fabricated documents have been presented to the courts in foreclosure actions to obtain final judgments against homeowners. Thousands of final judgments of foreclosure against Florida homeowners may have been the result of the allegedly improper actions of the law firms under investigation.
For those of you who live in non-judicial foreclosure states, getting your home state AG off his or her duff to look into this, may be the only hope. That, and lobbying your legislature to convert into a strict judicial foreclosure system.
A few well placed letters to your state AG, your local state legislator and your local newspapers may be in order.
[Earlier posts in this series and related links at FDL's Foreclosure Fraud Resources]