Archive Links

Consumer Archive
CU System Archive
Market Archive
Products Archive
Washington Archive

News Now

Washington
Mortgage-fraud SARs increase in 2011 3Q
WASHINGTON (3/6/12)--The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Monday reported that the 19,934 Mortgage Loan Fraud (MLF) suspicious activity reports (SAR) filed during the third quarter of 2011 represented a 20% increase above 2010's third quarter total. MLF SARs accounted for 10% of all SARs filed during the quarter, according to FinCEN.

The FinCEN update also reported that 5,728 of the MLF SARs filed in the third quarter--29% of the total--reported activity that occurred between October 2009 and September 2011. Some of the types of suspicious activity reported included: some form of loan workout or debt elimination attempt, questionable refinance or loan modification attempts by borrowers or others targeting distressed homeowners, and Social Security number discrepancies submitted in the original loan application and the workout request.

FinCEN Director James Freis said "criminals persist in their efforts to prey on struggling homeowners" and financial institutions continue to uncover apparent fraud as they work through their portfolios of earlier mortgages now in default."

More than 85% of the mortgage-related reports involved sums under $500,000. Hawaii, California, Nevada, Florida, and Delaware had the highest amounts of SAR filings, per capita.

For the full FinCEN report, use the resource link.
Other Resources

RSS print
News Now LiveWire
CU-supported Ruben Gallego won Dem primary for congressional seat in Ariz's 7th District v. better-know opponent. http://t.co/WXDugmNsOj
7 minutes ago
.@TheCCUL names 6 finalists for @CUaware Protege competition. See #NewsNow Wed
15 hours ago
Starting w/FHA-insured mortgages closed on/after 1/21/2015, interest payments will stop on date prepayment is made in full. See #NewsNow Wed
16 hours ago
.@FreedomCUinPA has awarded 4 teachers $500 each for being voted 95.7 BEN-FM's Teacher(s) of the Month.
17 hours ago
Credit card debt increasing in metro areas says @Equifax http://t.co/gkHOptwMyf
18 hours ago