Mortgage Daily

Published On: November 7, 2005

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DALLAS, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ — With trillions of dollars in annual mortgage production, fraud committed on just a small fraction of mortgages winds up in the billions, according to Sam Garcia, Publisher of, the dominant online news source for the mortgage industry.

Mortgage fraud perpetrators are the terrorists of the mortgage industry. They look for a hole in the home finance system — a crooked appraiser, a flexible closing agent, an originator that turns a blind eye — and exploit it until the well runs dry or they go to jail.

In some cases, entire networks of players participate in these schemes — duping lenders out of millions of dollars before the fraud ring is broken up.

Often, people committing mortgage crimes carry on with the belief that the borrowers they manipulated into mortgages will pay the loans, and there will be no repercussions. But these borrowers are often incapable of making timely payments and often lose their homes in foreclosure. It’s not until then that the criminal investigations begin — landing some players in jail years after the crime was committed.

Fraud prevention begins by recognizing where a company is vulnerable to fraud, then developing policies and procedures to reduce the risk.

Recent fraud headlines include:

  • FED Suspends Loan Officer
    The Federal Reserve Board suspended a loan officer charged with fraud he committed while working at another bank.

  • 100+ FBI Agents Arrest Originators, Others
    Prosecutors in Detroit have charged 20 people in an alleged $10 million mortgage fraud ring that was under investigation for more than two years.

  • Criminal Charges Filed in Massive Northwest Fraud Case
    The comptroller of a once “high-flying” mortgage firm in Washington state that went under in a spectacular financial flame out is facing criminal charges.

Read complete fraud news headlines at

Founded in 1998, is the dominant online news source for the mortgage industry. More than a half million mortgage business news pages are viewed monthly at and its affiliates,, a free mortgage industry publication;, which provides trade news for portable devices;, with stories about selling more; and, which chronicles mortgage fraud crime cases. Business Week magazine featured in an article about its sensational news coverage.


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