Where are Bear Stearns mortgage executives now?

Bear Sterns 8-5-13Bear Stearns mortgage executives have plum jobs on Wall Street…

The executives in charge of mortgage securities at the failed investment house are now at JPMorgan, Goldman and Bank of America…

Posted on The Center for Public Integrity By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Before Lehman crashed, there was “The Bear.”

Bear Stearns, once the nation’s fifth-largest investment bank, had been a fixture on Wall Street since 1923 and had survived the crash of 1929 without laying off any employees. Continue reading

LOST: Looking for the Canons of Judicial Ethics

Judicial misconduct is a touchy subject.

judicial misconduct

But what else do you call it when judges violate their own canons and participate in unethical decisions that may create financial gains in their investment portfolios?

While this post deals with the failure of the judiciary to sua sponte recuse themselves when they know there is more than an appearance of impropriety, it also raises the question of what potential benefit they may received as a result of their decisions – and is that taken into consideration at any time during the case? Continue reading

EXPERT WITNESSES: Fraudulent Assignments of Mortgage are Void

Good information sometimes bears repeating.

BearThe over-burdened judiciary isn’t always up to speed as quickly as it ought to be and good case law doesn’t always make it to the top of the pile for the clerks to review and digest. Even good attorneys occasionally miss pertinent material.

So, let’s go back to about 2 years ago when Yves Smith, who is an absolutely brilliant author and blogger of “NakedCapitalism” and 4closureFraud, truly a leader in the foreclosure defense blogging pack, wrote about an Alabama securitization case named U.S. BANK v. ERICA CONGRESS.

Of course the case went to appeal and the outcome of the appellate decision was a unanimous decision, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals reversed a lower court decision on a foreclosure case, U.S. Bank v. Congress and remanded the case to trial court.  The reasons hinged upon 2 superb expert witnesses.   Continue reading

DOERS ALERT: U.S. BANK NATIONAL USES FRAUD AND DECEIT TO EVICT A HAWAII FAMILY – WHILE MAUI, HAWAII COURTS FAIL TO ACT

Joe and Grace Barroga have been fighting foreclosure and a fraudulent assignment of mortgage since last year when they discovered a fraudulent, robo-signed Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. assignment of mortgage made in 2009 by U.S. Bank National as Trustee for RFMSI Series 2006-SA4 Trust – a GMAC securitized loan trust. The Barrogas, like millions of other “responsible” homeowners, fell prey to for the defective Obama HAMP program that allowed banks to default good homeowners that asked for a modification. They are scheduled for eviction on Monday, May 14th.

Pursuant to the Trust controlling documents, Continue reading

“The REMICs have failed! “The REMICs have failed!”

If Paul Revere were alive today he would be riding through the town warning “The REMICs have failed!” However, the government these days would go, “Shhhhhh!”

Most average homeowners have no idea what a REMIC is – actually most attorneys have no clue …. so, you know many of the Judges are completely in the dark.  REMICs are a form of IRS tax shelter sold to investors as part of the mortgage-backed securities package (Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit (“REMIC”) pursuant to I.R.C. §§860A-G).

The documents that killed the REMICs may actually help save your home. Continue reading