Pam Bondi Pretends She Did Everything She Could in Foreclosure Fraud Investigations

By: Friday February 3, 2012 8:15 am

More on the developments in the foreclosure fraud settlement in a minute. But first, I have to highlight this unbelievable bit of chutzpah for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, one of the settlement’s biggest cheerleaders. Florida is the worst state in America in terms of the foreclosure crisis, or at least in the top 3. [...]

LPS Uses Bogus Florida IG Report on Firing of Foreclosure Fraud Investigators in Motion to Dismiss Nevada Lawsuit

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 12:23 pm

We’re at T-minus four days for sign-ons to the foreclosure fraud settlement, and we know that Florida’s Pam Bondi is on board, despite pushback from advocates in her state, ground zero for the foreclosure crisis. There’s an interesting nugget buried in this article, though. Bondi spokeswoman Jennifer Meale said in an email that their concerns [...]

California AG Harris Turned Down a Guaranteed 60% of the Foreclosure Fraud Deal

By: Friday January 27, 2012 6:19 am

Somebody really wants this foreclosure fraud settlement to go through. So much so that California was offered a sum to participate in the settlement sure to piss off the other 49 AGs across the country. Only California was guaranteed earmarked funds from the settlement. Earlier we heard they would get $8 billion out of the [...]

Florida AG Office Encouraged to Intervene on Behalf of Foreclosure Fraudster LPS

By: Wednesday January 11, 2012 8:15 am

As I explained in my story on the whitewashing of the firing of two foreclosure fraud investigators in Florida, the Attorney General’s office appeared to be advocating for the interests of the targets of their investigations more than the public interests advocated by the AG’s own lawyers. Now that advocacy has been revealed as explicit. [...]

IG Report Whitewashes Firing of Foreclosure Fraud Investigators in Florida

By: Monday January 9, 2012 7:22 am

A remarkable report from an Inspector General in Florida not only clears the state Attorney General’s office for the firings of two foreclosure fraud investigators, it accuses bloggers and advocates of dictating and controlling investigations, sometimes for nakedly personal reasons. The story, which most clearly resembles the US Attorney scandal of the Bush era, requires [...]

Reinflating the Settlement Bubble: Bankers, AGs Try to Revive Stalled Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

By: Friday October 7, 2011 7:50 am

Like the last three minutes of an action thriller, when the vanquished enemy unexpectedly springs back to life for just a moment to terrorize the hero before the final kill, the foreclosure settlement talks are attempting a coordinated comeback this week in the press. As we know, California dropped out of the settlement talks last [...]

Investigators Turn Up More Conflict of Interest at Florida AG Bondi’s Office

By: Monday August 15, 2011 6:55 am

In New York we see elites attacking the Attorney General for doing his job. In Florida, however, there’s a different dynamic going on. I’ve written about June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, the two foreclosure fraud investigators at the state Attorney General’s office fired for being too competent in their investigations. This appeared to be a [...]

Florida AG Bondi Wants Outside Investigation into Clarkson, Edwards Firing

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 6:55 am

It looks like the pressure has finally cracked Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. After weeks of outrage from housing advocates, and controversy in the media, over the firing of two assistant AGs who were pursuing cases against foreclosure mills and other malign operators profiting off the foreclosure crisis, Bondi has backtracked significantly. Now she wants [...]

Update on the Investigators Fired By Florida’s AG for Pursuing Foreclosure Fraud

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 12:57 pm

Here’s an update on those politically motivated firings by the Florida Attorney General, to protect the perpetrators of foreclosure fraud. First, a Democratic state lawmaker wants records about the firing of June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, says he wants two ousted state foreclosure fraud investigators back at work if their performance [...]

Florida AG’s Politically Motivated Firings Protect the Foreclosure Fraud Industry

By: Friday July 22, 2011 12:07 pm

Maybe it’s because I’ve done so much reporting on the foreclosure fraud issue, but I have to admit to some surprise that the firing of two Assistant Attorney Generals down in Florida, the hotbed of the housing crisis, hasn’t gotten much attention nationally. In my mind, this is the state-based equivalent of the US Attorney [...]

Looking at the Attorney General Races

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 7:23 am

You may know the top line on statewide races, that Republicans picked up 10 Governor’s seats. You probably won’t see a comprehensive list of how state Attorneys General fared. That’s why I’m here! The state AGs take on unusual importance this year because they are running the foreclosure fraud investigation. All 50 current AGs are [...]

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