In a recent filing in Nevada, mortgage servicer LPS used the whitewash IG report from Florida — after the Fla. AG dismissed the two attorneys gathering evidence on LPS — to justify the dismissal of their lawsuit in Nevada. LPS lobbyists more recently urged the Florida AG’s office to intervene on their behalf in a criminal case in Michigan. The connections between the Florida AG’s office and LPS just continue to grow.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday January 31, 2012 2:00 pm|
|By: David Dayen Friday January 27, 2012 7:50 am|
Somebody really wants this foreclosure fraud settlement to go through. So much so that California was offered a sum to participate in the settlement sure to piss off the other 49 AGs across the country. Only California was guaranteed earmarked funds from the settlement. Earlier we heard they would get $8 billion out of the $25 billion pot, or 32% of the total (California has roughly 10% of the population). Now, Shahien Nasiripour says they were in line for $15 billion, or a whopping 60%.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday January 11, 2012 12:15 pm|
There’s new evidence emerging about Florida AG Pam Bondi and her ties to the foreclosure industry in Florida. These include the usual financial ties, but also the sense that the Florida AG’s office was a no-go zone for investigations against banks, servicers and the entities that pushed foreclosure fraud. They even urged other states’ AGs to go easy on foreclosure fraudsters.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 9, 2012 9:30 am|
A remarkable report from an Inspector General in Florida not only clears the state Attorney General’s office for the firings of two foreclosure fraud investigators, it accuses bloggers and advocates of dictating and controlling investigations, sometimes for nakedly personal reasons. It has all the signs of a whitewash.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 15, 2011 7:01 am|
I’ve written about June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, the two foreclosure fraud investigators at the Florida Attorney General’s office fired for being too competent in their investigations. This appeared to be a US Attorney-like scandal at the state level, but I wasn’t hopeful that much would come of it.
Boy, was I wrong.
|By: David Dayen Saturday July 23, 2011 5:00 pm|
Maybe it’s because I’ve done so much reporting on the foreclosure fraud issue, but I have to admit to some surprise that the firing of two Assistant Attorney Generals down in Florida, the hotbed of the housing crisis, hasn’t gotten much attention nationally. In my mind, this is the state-based equivalent of the US Attorney scandal. You have a conservative Attorney General who has fired two investigators who were tasked by a previous Republican regime with finding violations of the law. When they proved too effective for the next regime to stomach, they were canned. And now, the new AG, Pam Bondi, is smearing their reputations.
|By: Jim White Wednesday March 2, 2011 12:50 pm|
What’s not to like about a governor who would actively spread lies to protect the income of criminals who kill seven people a day in his state?