Link Roundup

Lots of good stuff in the news this week! In the Baltimore Sun, Luke Broadwater reports the Housing Authority of Baltimore City has disbanded and laid off its Housing Security Unit.  These were the folks responsible for “investigating illegal occupants, nuisance activity, unsecured vacants and vandalism”, according to the article. Developer Mark Manzo wanted to […]

Read more
Link Roundup

If you live in Baltimore City, you won’t want to miss this important meeting regarding the second round of proposed irresponsible cuts to the fire department.  Your home and family could be at risk! Yet another mortgage fraudster who operated in a low-income part of Philly has been caught and charged with fraud.  Slumlords and […]

Read more
New Information for “Residential Relief Foundation” Scam Victims

Read more on the Residential Relief Foundation and its mortgage scams here and here. The FTC has announced that it will be distributing over $1 million to homeowners who were scammed by the Residential Relief Foundation’s mortgage relief scams.  Unfortunately, due to the large number of people who were swindled, each victim will receive a […]

Read more
Link Roundup

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 […]

Read more
Last Link Roundup of 2012!

A recap of all the newsworthy links in 2012. January Early in 2012, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was grilled by the MD Legislature about the status of the city’s lead paint judgements.  The city was refusing to pay, saying the judgement would bankrupt the city — a shame they didn’t think about that before allowing children […]

Read more
Link Roundup

As you can imagine, folks in Cleveland are tired of slumlords, too.  And they had some words for an absentee slumlord who lives in Florida. In New York, an attorney was convicted on multiple counts of mortgage fraud, but the NY Attorney General lost a few counts, despite testimony from the attorney’s employees. An office […]

Read more
Link Roundup

“Stealing Trust”, an award-winning film by John Spillane, will be shown in Frederick on Wednesday, at 7 PM.  The film documents victims of mortgage fraud across Maryland. Lorain, Ohio is using an interesting method to move vacant homes to demolition — search warrants. Kenneth Koehler of Baltimore has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, in a […]

Read more
Link Roundup

Weed vigilantes in Detroit clean up their neighborhood, including vacants. More in Detroit — hundreds of volunteers got together to board up vacants near school routes so kids would be safer.  I would be up for such a project here in Baltimore — any takers? Charges filed in Patterson Park mortgage fraud case. Baltimore City […]

Read more
Link Roundup: Crime and Punishment

Democrats are upset that Obama’s mortgage fraud task force isn’t “doing enough” to combat mortgage fraud and punish those responsible.  I guess they don’t read the dozens of FBI and DOJ press releases I get weekly, detailing the sentences of mortgage fraudsters.  As a non-Democrat, I actually think this is one program that works well. […]

Read more
Link Roundup

San Diego may soon join Chicago in its quest to fine banks that allow foreclosed homes to deteriorate. S&P says it will take 46 months to clear out all of the “shadow inventory” that continues to plague the US housing market. Frederic Alan Gladle, of Austin, Texas, was sentenced earlier this month to 61 months […]

Read more