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ABC 2 News reports a vacant caught fire and burned in SW Baltimore — according to state and city tax records, the address in question doesn’t exist. Harriet M Taylor of Ellicott City was sentenced to two years in prison and five years supervised release for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Steve Kilar […]

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Metro Dream Homes Scammer Sentenced

We’ve been posting information on this group for a while — Metro Dream Homes owner and founder Andrew Hamilton Williams, Jr. from Hollywood Florida has been sentenced to 150 years in prison for his role in a $78 million mortgage fraud scheme that left some homeowners penniless. “This case exemplifies the egregious mortgage fraud schemes […]

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Maryland Court of Appeals votes 5-2 to overturn the most controversial part of Maryland’s antiquated ground rent law, according to the Baltimore Sun.  Hopefully this loophole won’t result in people losing their homes again, as reported a few years ago in the Sun. Here’s an older post about Baltimore’s ground rent controversy, with links to […]

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You’ve probably heard that Senator Charles Grassley (R, Iowa) has launched an investigation into the fraud and waste at Baltimore Housing — read a letter from Senator Grassley to Sean Donovan, HUD Secretary here.  Link opens a PDF. Property owners receiving the homestead tax credit — beware.  If you’re not actually living in the home, […]

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Gosh doesn’t this story sound familiar? “California Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging at Public Foreclosure Auctions” Towson man sentenced to 6+ years in mortgage fraud scheme. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition annual conference is coming up — and there’s still time to register! Call for Proposals:  How Housing Matters to Families and […]

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Two Maryland Men Convicted in Identity Theft and Mortgage Scam

The two men, Dema Daiga of College Park, and Olu Campbell (aka Oluseun Oshosanya) of Laurel used straw purchasers and forged the identies for four other people to fraudulently purchase property in Baltimore and other locations in Maryland.  Five of the six properties purchased under this scam quickly went into default, according to the FBI. […]

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