Countrywide Financial’s Chief Executive Avoiding Criminal Prosecution

Executive Avoiding Criminal ProsecutionCriminal charges against Angelo R. Monzilo, the former chief executive of Countrywide Financial, have been dropped. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, California, had been investigating Angelo R. Monzilo with regard to various irregularities by Countrywide Financial. Countrywide Financial, at one time, was the largest mortgage lender in the United States.

After Two Years of Investigations, the Case is Closed Against Mr. Monzilo

Initially, regulators were looking into the 140 million dollar sale of Countrywide stock by Mr. Monzilo while the company was teetering on bankruptcy. The decision by prosecutors not to pursue Mr. Monzilo took place after he agreed to be banned from serving as an officer or director of a publicly-held company.

Countrywide Mortgage Practices

As a result of the practices used by Countrywide Mortgage, billions of dollars were lost by investors. Millions of homeowners have had their homes taken from them in foreclosure. The individuals who have caused this mortgage crisis go largely unpunished. Many of them have profited to the tune of millions of dollars as a result of their misdeeds.

Mr. Monzilo, while at Countrywide Financial, was one of the highest paid chief executives in the United States. From the years 2000 to 2008, he earned $521 million. Who says crime doesn’t pay!

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We handle foreclosure defense cases. We represent individuals when banks seek to take their homes from them and put their families on the street. We file mortgage applications on behalf of our clients. When foreclosure proceedings start, we represent our clients and attend foreclosure court conferences. We litigate defective mortgages, bad faith issues, predatory lending and defective foreclosure procedures. We litigate real estate-related issues concerning foreclosure and mortgage modifications. We also will file Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies on behalf of our clients. If you need an attorney to stop foreclosure call us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561- 6645 and 718-350-2802.

Bank of America Segregates Troubled Mortgage Loans From Performing Mortgage Loans

Posted by Elliot S. Schlissel, Esq.

Bank of America Segregates Troubled Mortgage Loans From Performing Mortgage LoansBank of America has 1.3 million home mortgage loans in its portfolio that are in default. To deal with these defaulted home mortgage loans, Bank of America created a new entity.  This entity is known as Legacy Asset Servicing.  The defaulted loans, from this point forward, will be serviced by Legacy Asset Servicing.  Many of these defaulted loans were acquired from Bank of America when it purchased Countrywide Financial in 2008.

Performing Mortgage Loans

Bank of America has approximately twelve-million additional home mortgages in its portfolio.  These home mortgage loans are not in default.  Bank of America will continue to service these loans directly.

Countrywide Financial and Improper Mortgage Policies

Countrywide Financial was involved in initiating numerous sub-prime mortgage loans.  Since Bank of America’s acquisition of Countrywide, they have been forced to write off billions of dollars in sub-prime mortgage loans.

Bank of America has decided to remove the non-performing loans from its portfolio for a variety of reasons, including an investigation into foreclosure practices by financial institutions that is currently underway by all fifty state attorney generals’ offices.

Bank of America Changes its Foreclosure Practices

Last year, after Bank of America was criticized by state court judges in a number of states, it established a moratorium on foreclosures.  The bank has since modified its foreclosure practices.  Bank of America has also sharply increased the number of mortgage modifications that have been approved. In the last quarter of 2010, more than 80,000 mortgage modifications were approved by Bank of America.  This is a step in the right direction.

Chase Retail Services, which is a consumer banking unit of JP Morgan Chase, has also indicated that it would separate its non-performing home-equity and mortgage loans from its performing home-equity and mortgage loans.  In January of 2009, Citibank also separated its troubled home mortgage loans from mortgage loans that were up-to-date.

Foreclosure Defense In New York

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo handles foreclosure defense cases throughout the Metropolitan New York area.  We assist our clients in mortgage modifications.  Should your home go into foreclosure, we attend foreclosure conferences, we litigate these matters and deal with defective foreclosure practices, predatory lending and bad faith proceedings by financial institutions.  We also maintain this foreclosure blog to update the general public regarding a variety of issues concerning mortgage modifications, foreclosures, mortgage modification programs that fail to serve the needs of consumers, as well as other related articles.  Should you need a consultation, fell free to contact us at 1-800-344-6431; 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.  Our phones are answered 24/7.

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