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Monday
Apr062009

US Treasury mortgage fraud crackdown myriad days late, billions of dollars short

Mortgage foreclosure image from FBI.gov.Warning: this borders on a rant. Treasury secretary Tim Geithner is rattling the government saber, promising to “fight mortgage and foreclosure scams.” Geithner’s declaration comes myriad days and [at least] billions of dollars short. I first brought rampant mortgage fraud to the forefront in July, 2008 following up with a column in September. I cited a letter from Kenneth Kaiser, Assistant Director, the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI. Kaiser sent the letter to the editor of the L.A. Times after the paper, Kaiser wrote, “implied that if the FBI had made more arrests for mortgage fraud, the crisis could have been averted.” Kaiser’s letter is worth reading, the newspaper’s column isn’t worth your time.

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