The move by the FTC comes as federal and state officials plan to expand a crackdown on loan modification scams to other schemes that prey on debt-ridden consumers.
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Working together, we can send a clear and straightforward message: If you perpetrate mortgage fraud . . . we will find you and we will charge you and we will put you in jail," U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said Thursday as top federal officials met with attorneys general from 12 states to coordinate those efforts.
Federal officials have been working with state attorneys general nationwide since April to ferret out fraudulent mortgage modification offers. In July, for example, California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown filed suit against 21 people and 14 companies allegedly linked to loan modification and foreclosure-prevention scams, part of a nationwide sweep known as Operation Loan Lies.
At the end of July, the FBI had more than 2,600 pending mortgage fraud cases under investigation, many in conjunction with state officials after the creation of the multi-agency effort in the spring, Holder said. Now, federal officials want to expand that effort to other consumer debt scams, said Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.