State AGs settle with LPS for $113 million; Only Nobody Knew

cluelessIn an investigative post, MSFraud.org exposed an unknown state Attorneys General settlement with Lender Processing Services (LPS) for $113 million dollars in an El Paso district court.

One would wonder how, for example, the State of Hawaii (who received a pittance compared to the damage to titles LPS has caused) could even begin to agree to a settlement when they have NEVER even bothered to audit its own Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances! Hawaii is a mortgage lien state where the homeowner holds the deed, unlike a Deed of Trust state where the deed is held by a (fishy) beneficiary.

Millions of homeowners never knew that LPS fabricated and falsified documents that could still cloud their titles for years to come – even if they received a modification. The point here is that many states, including Hawaii where land rights are a very precious subject, have turned a blind eye to fraudulent assignments of mortgage or the fact that the mortgage   Continue reading

REMIC Armageddon on the Horizon?

explosionIt’s about time somebody recognized it.   and Brad Bordon posted a dynamic review of the most recent ‘slap down the banks’ cases of Saldivar and Erobobo and the potential impact on the [failed] REMIC tax shelters in REFinBlog.

David Reiss writes: “Brad Borden and I have warned that an unanticipated tax consequence of the sloppy mortgage origination practices that characterized the boom is that MBS pools may fail to qualify as REMICs.  This would have massively negative tax consequences for MBS investors and should trigger lawsuits against the professionals who structured these transactions. Courts deciding upstream and downstream cases have not focused on this issue because it is typically not relevant to the dispute between the parties. Continue reading