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legal update: NEW Distracted Driving Ordinance in Troy! - 07/29/10 07:44 AM

Beginning today (Thursday, July 29, 2010), you can get ticketed for "distracted driving" in Troy, Michigan, based on Troy’s newly-enacted Distracted Driving Ordinance. This is a new Ordinance is designed to improve traffic safety and reduce the number of traffic accidents.  Since so many real estate professionals like to multitask while driving, it is important to be aware of this new law, especially while driving through Troy.
The Ordinance is divided into three sections, as set forth in Sections of Chapter 106, Traffic, of the Troy City Code relating to distracted driving (Section 1.20.05).  Those sections cover the following topics:  … (2 comments)

legal update: Lawsuit Filed Against Apartment Complex for Racial Discrimination - 07/24/10 12:42 PM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
On Friday, July 19, 2010, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against the owner, management company and former manager of Summerhill Place Apartments (a 268-unit apartment complex located in Renton, Washington) for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin and … (4 comments)

legal update: Fair Housing Lawsuit Settled for $82,500 - 07/06/10 12:18 PM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) against a housing provider. I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
Earlier today (Tuesday, July 6, 2010), the owners and operators of Ivanhoe House Apartments, an apartment complex in Ann Arbor, Michigan, agreed to pay $82,500 to settle a fair housing lawsuit filed by the DOJ alleging that they had discriminated against African-American home-seekers.
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legal update: Real Estate Agent and Accountant Plead Guilty to Mortgage Fraud & Obstruction of Justice Conspiracies - 01/22/10 04:50 AM
Here is another example of a recent legal case involving mortgage fraud. I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals on important issues.
On Thursday, January 21, 20101, Bonnie Helt (real estate agent) and Dennis G. Sartain (accountant) plead guilty to conspiring to commit mortgage fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. Mr. Sartain, the accountant for co-defendant Thomas Parenteau (home builder), plead guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States by impeding and impairing the IRS, one count of conspiring to commit money laundering and one count of conspiring … (0 comments)

legal update: Lawsuit Filed Against Landlord for Racial Discrimination - 11/25/09 02:12 AM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
On Tuesday (November 24, 2009), the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Terence Flanagan, a Chicago area property owner and rental agent, alleging that he refused to rent properties he owned or controlled to African-Americans, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Flanagan … (6 comments)

legal update: Blatant Race and Sex Discrimination at Federally-Subsidized Apartment Complex - 11/13/09 06:40 AM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
Yesterday (November 12, 2009), the DOJ filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging a pattern or practice of violations of the Fair Housing Act by the owner and managers of Forum Manor Apartments, a federally-subsidized apartment complex, for refusing to rent to African-Americans and males, refusing to … (3 comments)

legal update: $2.725 Million Settlement of Housing Discrimination Lawsuit - 11/03/09 09:12 AM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit settled by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
On Tuesday, November 3, 2009, the DOJ announced the largest monetary payment ever obtained by the DOJ in the settlement of a case alleging housing discrimination in the rental of apartments. Los Angeles apartment owner Donald T. Sterling agreed to pay $2.725 million to settle allegations that … (1 comments)

legal update: Flagrant Violations of the Fair Housing Act in Recent Lawsuit brought by the DOJ - 10/19/09 07:41 AM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
Last Friday (October 16, 2009), the DOJ filed a lawsuit against TK Properties L.L.C., its owner, and two employees (property managers), for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating on the basis of race. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants violated the Fair Housing Act by harassing … (1 comments)

legal update: Real Estate Professionals Arrested in Mortgage Fraud Scheme - 09/28/09 01:46 AM
Here is another example of a recent legal case involving mortgage fraud. I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals on important issues.
On June 3, 2009, five people were arrested for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme in the Washington State that bilked banks and property sellers out of more than $18 million. The arrests came as a result of an extensive investigation by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).
Humerto A. Reyes-Rodriguez, Alexis Ikilikyan, Micki S. Thompson, Mario Marroquin, and William S. Poff were indicted by a federal grand … (81 comments)

legal update: Fair Housing Lawsuit Filed Alleging Racial Discrimination at Apartment Complex - 07/21/09 07:26 AM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
This afternoon (July 21, 2009), the DOJ filed a lawsuit against the owner and employees of Rolling Oaks Apartments, a 72-unit complex in Clanton, Alabama, for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating on the basis of race or color in the rental of apartments.
The lawsuit … (1 comments)

legal update: Fair Housing Lawsuit Filed Against Mobile Home Park - 06/25/09 04:17 AM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
On Friday, June 19, 2009, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against the former owner and managers of Homestead Mobile Home Village, a mobile home park in Gulfport, Mississippi, for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against black tenants on the basis of race or color. The … (1 comments)

legal update: Lawsuit Filed Against Mortgage Lender Under False Claims Act - 06/10/09 12:23 AM
Here is another example of a recent legal case involving a fraudulent real estate scheme, this time committed by a mortgage lender. I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals on important issues.
Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, June 9, 2009), the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed a lawsuit against California mortgage lender Capmark Finance Inc., charging that Capmark violated the federal False Claims Act by making false statements on applications for federal mortgage insurance covering residential nursing homes. The lawsuit relates to a federal program under which the United States Department of … (3 comments)

legal update: Attorney Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Mortgage Loan Fraud Scheme - 05/30/09 09:34 AM

Here is another example of a recent legal case involving a fraudulent real estate scheme committed by a real estate agent. I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals on important issues.
On May 11, 2009, John A. Yanchek was sentenced to 60 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $7.6 million for conspiracy to commit loan fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering.
According to court documents, Mr. Yanchek was a licensed Florida attorney who did business as the law firm of John A. Yanchek, P.A., in Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Yanchek represented … (5 comments)

legal update: Real Estate Agent Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison in Scheme to Defraud Mortgage Lenders - 05/30/09 09:20 AM

Here is another example of a recent legal case involving a fraudulent real estate scheme committed by a real estate agent. I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals on important issues.
On May 11, 2009, Oladipo Olafunmiloye, a real estate agent, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for bank fraud and money laundering in connection with a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders. At the sentencing, the judge found that Mr. Olafunmiloye’s fraudulent scheme incurred losses of $3 million and ordered him … (3 comments)

legal update: Fair Housing Lawsuit Settled for $130,000 + Retrofitting costs - 05/21/09 04:47 AM
Here is another example of a recent settlement of a Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate agents and brokers about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, May 20, 2009), the DOJ settled a Fair Housing Act lawsuit that was brought against the developers, architects, and professional engineers responsible for building four multifamily housing complexes in Spokane, Washington. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants designed and … (0 comments)

legal update: Fair Housing Lawsuit Filed Against Town - 05/20/09 06:18 AM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate agents and brokers about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, May 19, 2009), the DOJ filed a Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the town of Garner, North Carolina, and the town’s board of adjustment alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act when they refused to allow up to eight men recovering … (4 comments)

legal update: Real Estate Agent Who Participated in Property Tax Refund Fraud Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison - 05/16/09 03:33 AM

Here is another example of a recent legal case involving a fraudulent real estate scheme committed by a real estate agent. I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals on important issues.
On May 7, 2009, Alethia Grooms, a licensed real estate agent, was sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment for her involvement in a $48 million property tax refund fraud scheme orchestrated by former District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (“OTR”) manager Harriette Walters.
Ms. Grooms plead guilty on August 13, 2008, to Possession of Stolen Property, Conspiracy to … (3 comments)

legal update: Real Estate Company Owners Sentenced in $35 Million Mortgage Fraud - 05/16/09 01:38 AM
Here is another example of a recent legal case involving fraudulent real estate loan schemes and bank fraud, all related real estate transactions involving real estate professionals. I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals on important issues.
On April 16, 2009, the two owners (Jonathan Helgason and Thomas Balko) of a Minnesota real estate company were sentenced in federal court for mortgage fraud in connection with a scheme involving at least 162 properties, principally in north Minneapolis, and mortgage proceeds of approximately $35 million.

Mr. Helgason was sentenced to 96 months … (11 comments)

legal update: Convictions in Real Estate Loan Scheme Case - 05/07/09 02:28 AM

Here is another example of a recent legal case involving fraudulent real estate loan schemes and bank fraud, all related real estate transactions involving real estate professionals. I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals on important issues.
On Monday (May 4, 2009), three people (Todd Gongwer, Lance Parker, and Joel Lee) plead guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Mr. Gongwer, a licensed real estate agent, also plead guilty to tax evasion. Mr. Parker also plead guilty to illegally structuring cash transactions.
According to the plea agreements and evidence presented during … (4 comments)

 
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