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Allied Home Mortgage was once the largest privately held FHA lender in the United States. It wrote more mortgages than many big banks. That all came to a crushing halt in November 2011 when the U.S. Department of Justice intervened in a False Claims Act claim filed by a former branch manager turned whistleblower. At the same time, HUD took its own action to shut down the lending giant.
Whistleblowers from Wells Fargo are coming out of the woodwork. Finally someone is listening. For years, some whistleblowers have been trying to tell the world about all the financial mismanagement at America’s third largest bank ($1.8 trillion in assets, 265,000 employees). We, of course, have always listened but getting folks to come forward is difficult.
A History of Wells Fargo Fraud Fines and Settlements Over the Last Few Years and a Call for Whistleblowers Can Wells Fargo’s corporate ethics sink any lower? Apparently, the answer is yes. Much lower. There just seems to be no bottom. If you think the most recent scandal involving over up to 2 million phony accounts created without the permission of their customers was over ...
A federal judge in Missouri gave a green light to a lawsuit filed by customers and potential customers of Costco. The judge ruled that the recipients of junk faxes from Costco could proceed on their claims as a class action. The ruling is a big victory for victims of junk faxes and robo telemarketing calls.
According to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare paid out in 2012 and 2013 approximately $1.4 billion for chiropractic services. Based on prior 2006 audit, the government decided to revisit chiropractic care to see if these services were being properly billed.
The title of this page says it all – “Ocwen Fraud.” Never have we encountered a mortgage loan servicer with so many problems. Problems that can only be described as fraud. We have spoken with dozens of homeowners as well as a few present and former Ocwen workers. The company is a failure and needs to be held accountable. Immediately.
Inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have a tough and thankless job. They are the unsung heroes that make sure the food we eat and the drugs we take are safe. Tens of millions of Americans take prescription or over the counter healthcare products daily. When we open our medicine cabinets in the morning, most of us take for granted that the drugs we take a ...
Dan Gilbert is a household name in Detroit. He has poured millions of dollars into the Motor City in the hopes that it can once again be a vibrant city. How he got the money to fund his ambitious redevelopment plan and how he operates the mortgage company he founded is a different story. The government claims his company, Quicken Loans, bullied appraisers and underwriters to fu ...
Two big banks were closed by regulators in recent days. Yesterday saw Guaranty Bank (BestBank in some states) shut down by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Just days before that, however, an even bigger bank was shut down, First NBC Bank. Based in New Orleans, the bank had $5 billion in assets on its books.
Another bank closed its doors today. Guaranty Bank, based in Glendale, Wisconsin, is no more. At precisely 5:00 pm, regulators closed the bank. With 119 branches in 5 states, only 12 will reopen in the morning. The rest are gone for good. Guaranty Bank’s woes began shortly after the real estate market crashed in 2008. Within a year of the crash, the bank was hurting.
Ocwen was one of the largest mortgage servicers in the United States. Millions of homeowners mail their mortgage payments to the company each month. If you are simply mailing in your payment and are never a day late, chances are won’t encounter a problem. Request a modification, try to make a pre-payment, or have an issue with escrows and you likely fall into a black hole.
Oil exploration and production is a dirty business in more ways than one. Much of the world’s oil and gas reserves are in countries that have notorious reputations for corruption. Everything is for sale including faster permitting. Want a jump on your competition? For a few million bucks its yours. Paying bribes to foreign officials is illegal in most countries.
How will Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order impact construction? by Kim Slowey | Link to original source (95K) In the latest of a series of executive orders signed since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has again chosen that method as a way to affect policy in the U.S.
Plante Moran is one the largest accounting firms in the U.S. Ranking at number 14, the firm is widely known throughout the Midwest. Its headquarters is in Southfield, Michigan. When you employ over 2000 people, someone is bound to make a mistake. In an accounting malpractice case called “modern day grave robbery”, Plante Moran was sued for failing to detect a $60 million theft during an audit.
United Airlines is best today known for its poor customer service, inhumane treatment of overbooked passengers and destroying checked bags. A series of bad press and YouTube videos has finally got Congress interested in how the airline conducts its commercial passenger operations. As we reported earlier, however, United Airlines gets much of its money from Uncle Sam. That means our tax dollars.
Five Lessons From United Airlines About Handling A Customer Experience Gone Bad by Stan Phelps | Link to original source (88K) Unless you live under a rock, you are most likely aware of United Airlines most recent misstep. A passenger who had boarded a plane was involuntarily bumped, asked to leave his seat and then was forcibly removed. Refer to a CNN report on Flight #3411.
In Other News… The saga of United Airlines and Dr. David Dao by Kyle Ware | Link to original source (105K) The Unfriendly Skies: On Sunday, United Airlines forcibly removed a man who refused to part with his seat on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, reports NPR, BBC News, The New York Times and CNN.
United Airlines Dragging Passenger Off Plane Was Illegal, Says Lawyer – Here’s Why by Juliana Rose Pignataro | Link to original source (96K) Not only did United Airlines make millions of enemies when it forcibly removed a passenger from a Louisville-bound flight, it also acted illegally, according to attorney Brian Mahany of Wisconsin-based Mahany Law.
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