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Sentencing Dates is Set For Lawyer in Alleged Short-Sale Scheme

Sentencing Dates is Set For Lawyer in Alleged Short-Sale Scheme.
Sentencing is set for April 28 for a New York lawyer accused in an alleged short-sale scheme in which homes were sold to new owners without paying off existing mortgages.

The lawyer, Helene Stetch, pleaded guilty Jan. 9 to criminal possession of stolen property, according to Meris Campbell, a spokesperson for the Queens County, New York, District Attorney’s office. The plea agreement calls for a sentence of 16 months to four years in jail. Read More

Fraud Alert: Appraiser Identity Theft

02/22/2017. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uncovered a series of cases of appraiser identity theft. The schemes varied but resulted from someone using the State certification number of a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) roster appraiser. The FHA roster appraiser was unaware of the misuse until it came to light, usually by accident. Read More