Fort Lauderdale Mortgage Fraud Lawyers
Experienced Real Estate Attorneys in the Miami Area
Following the mortgage crisis and subsequent collapse of the real estate market, state and federal law enforcement agencies have taken a particularly aggressive stance toward investigating and prosecuting allegations of mortgage and real estate fraud. Even legitimate, good faith transactions have come under increased scrutiny and may be subject to investigation by the authorities. According to data from the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the number of mortgage fraud reports rose by 23% last year to almost 65,000.
The South Florida law firm of Malman, Malman & Rosenthal is able to represent owners and employees of mortgage companies and title agencies, as well as real estate agents, appraisers, brokers and homeowners accused of misappropriation of funds, participation in straw-man schemes, or any other form of real estate or mortgage fraud.
If you are under investigation or have been formally charged with mortgage fraud, real estate fraud or any related criminal offense at the state or federal level, we invite you to discuss your case with an experienced defense attorney at Malman, Malman & Rosenthal. We represent clients in the Miami area and throughout Florida. We also handle state and federal cases in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as select cases in other jurisdictions. Contact us today to schedule a confidential telephone or face-to-face consultation.
Increased Reporting Has Resulted in an Increase in Mortgage Fraud Charges
Certain activities, such as buying and flipping distressed properties, were common practice in the years leading up to the mortgage and real estate crisis. The lawyers at Malman, Malman & Rosenthal represent individuals who now face serious criminal charges as a result of the increased scrutiny into these practices. These alleged criminal activities may include:
- Falsifying documents or omitting information in the loan application or approval process
- Misrepresentation to buyers or sellers
- Fraudulent real estate loans or lines of credit approved for unqualified buyers (bank fraud)
- Real estate appraisal fraud or collusion
- Paying bribes or receiving kickbacks as part of a real estate appraisal or house-flipping scheme
These cases often involve highly complicated transactions, complex and contradictory regulations, and a large amount of documentary evidence. The team at Malman, Malman & Rosenthal is experienced in handling these complex, high-stakes cases with exceptional efficiency and attention to detail.
Conviction of real estate or mortgage fraud can carry serious criminal consequences, including imprisonment. For a realtor or other licensed professional, there can also be serious consequences to your license and the ability to continue practicing your profession. Call our offices in Fort Lauderdale toll free at 954-322-0065 for the sound legal guidance and experienced representation you need. You may also contact us by e-mail now for answers to your important questions or to schedule an appointment.