Thursday, December 04, 2008

Mortgage Fraud Incidents up 45% Year-to-Year: We're #3!

Saw this reported here. Some snippets from the piece:

Reported incidents of mortgage fraud grew by 45 percent in the second quarter compared to the year-ago period, as borrowers misstated their financial information to maneuver around tighter lending standards, industry data released Tuesday showed.

Florida properties led the way with about one-fifth of mortgage fraud incidents reported in the second quarter, the Mortgage Asset Research Institute reported. California was second, and Illinois third, the data showed...

The largest increase in mortgage fraud in the first half of this year involved borrowers misstating their financial profile, which is not surprising as borrowers try to get around stricter lending guidelines, the report said.

Some basic examples of fraud included false bank statements made on computers and pay stubs with white correction liquid on them, said Jennifer Butts, the institute's director of operations.

See it's not all the big, bad lenders. Now that the election's over perhaps some acknowledgment of fault on the part of buyer's signing these mortgages is at hand.


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