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Mortgage Fraud Index Jumps

DALLAS -- (April 15, 2008) Mortgage fraud surged in several states -- lifting the first quarter FraudBlogger Index higher. The index is published and maintained by

The adjusted FraudBlogger Index was 713 during the first quarter, rising from 600 during the fourth quarter 2007. A year earlier, the adjusted index stood at 510.

Just over $1.0 billion in fraud cases were tracked during the latest period, climbing from $0.7 billion in the fourth quarter but well off $1.8 billion in the first quarter 2007.

1st Quarter Index Comparison:
Q1 2008
Q4 2007
Q1 2007
Adjusted Index
Dollar Amount

Based on activity by state, activity jumped the most in Florida, Ohio and Georgia. Texas also took a turn for the worse.

Ranking By State:
Dollar Amount
Q1 2008
Q4 2007
Q1 2007
1. Florida $103.7 million 107 60 23
2. Ohio $109.8 million 90 30 77
3. Georgia $163.8 million 57 40 40
4. Texas $15.0 million 47 17 20
5. Pennsylvania $19.7 million 40 20 3

"While we saw a drop in the dollar amount of mortgage fraud tracked when compared to a year ago, all other indicators worsened," Publisher Sam Garcia said. "By state, the level of mortgage fraud activity has more than doubled in Texas when compared to the prior quarter and a year earlier."

The complete report, including the fraud index level and dollar volume for each state is available to subscribers at:

Complete mortgage fraud activity is comprehensively chronicled at:

In depth mortgage industry fraud issues are reported at:

About the FraudBlogger Index
The index reflects active criminal and civil mortgage fraud cases tracked by -- a comprehensive journal of mortgage fraud reports, crimes and civil litigation. Cases involving larger dollar amounts were given greater weight. No fraud activity tracked during a given month would result in an index of zero.

Founded in 1998, is a dominant mortgage industry news source. Around one million mortgage business news pages are viewed monthly at and its affiliate publications.

Sam Garcia
3811-700 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75219


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