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Investigator Bill Paatalo: Nationstar Conducts “Bulk Note Sales” Without The “Notes?”

In 2013, investors in six “RALI Series” Trusts filed a complaint in New York against their Master Servicer (Nationstar Mortgage, LLC) for conducting “Bulk Note Sales” of non-performing loans owned by the trusts for its own benefit; specifically to recoup upwards of a billion-dollars worth of servicing advance receivables. The Plaintiff / Investors accused Nationstar of conducting these “Bulk Note Sales” without having any ownership or requisite authority to do so. (See: KIRP LLC V Nationstar Mortgage LLC).

Per the complaint:

“INTRODUCTION
1. KIRP is a significant investor in certificates issued by six residential mortgage backed security trusts sponsored by Residential Accredit Loans, Inc. (the “RALI Trusts”).  KIRP brings this action against Nationstar, the Master Servicer for the RALI Trusts, for its liquidating loans owned by the trusts through on-line auctions at fire sale prices without authorization and in  blatant abdication of its servicing duties under the governing contracts.
2. As the Master Servicer, the RALI Trusts pay Nationstar to “service” the mortgage loans owned by the trusts in the best interests of the trusts and their certificateholders.  This includes working to maximize the recoveries on each of the mortgage loans through enumerated actions detailed in Pooling and Servicing Agreements (the “Servicing Agreements”), which set forth the Master Servicer’s duties.  However, rather than fulfilling its responsibilities to maximize recoveries, Nationstar has recently embarked on a campaign to benefit its own interests at the expense of the RALI Trusts and their certificateholders, through auctioning off the trusts’ mortgage loans in bulk (“Bulk Note Sales”) for amounts that are a fraction of the loans’ unpaid balances or the value of the properties securing the loans.  While these Bulk Note Sales injure KIRP and the RALI Trusts’ other certificateholders by dissipating the assets of the RALI Trusts, they provide multiple benefits to Nationstar, including through allowing them to more quickly recoup certain advances they made on the mortgage loans as part of their servicing duties.  KIRP seeks to enjoin Nationstar from engaging in any further Bulk Note Sales in breach of its duties and to recover damages for the Bulk Note Sales that have already occurred.”
      When I read this complaint, a couple questions immediately jumped out at me regarding the so-called “notes” being auctioned off by a party that doesn’t own said notes. What did Nationstar disclose to the “purchasers” at auction as to their rights to sell the notes? And, were the “original notes” actually delivered to the bulk-sale purchasers by Nationstar as a non-owner of the notes?
 I went to the SEC and located the 424(B)(5) Prospectus filing for one of the named trusts in the lawsuit (RALI 2006-QO1). (See: http://www.secinfo.com/dsvRa.vC1.htm#7fll).
Here’s what the Trust disclosed as to the custody of the loan files on P.S-108:

Custodial Arrangements                                                          

      The trustee will appoint Wells Fargo Bank,  N.A., to 
serve as custodian of the mortgage  loans.  The  custodian is 
not an affiliate of the  depositor,  the master servicer or the 
sponsor. No servicer will have custodial  responsibility for 
the mortgage loans.  The custodian  will maintain mortgage 
loan files that contain  originals of the notes,  mortgages,  
assignments and allonges in vaults located at the sponsor's 
premises in Minnesota. Only the custodian has access to these 
vaults. A shelving and filing system segregates the files 
relating to the mortgage loans from other assets serviced 
by the master servicer.

 

 

      If Nationstar had no authority per the trust instruments to sell, liquidate, and convert the notes for its own personal gain, it’s hard to believe that Wells Fargo would release the “original” notes in bulk to Nationstar for these purposes. The likely scenario is that the bulk purchasers were delivered copies of the notes from Nationstar’s servicing system that were pawned off as “originals.”
     This goes to the heart of what I have suspected for years now in regards to these “bulk non-performing loan purchases” by debt buyers. The “Sellers” often have no rights to sell these loans, and the “Buyers” are purchasing bogus collateral files with no “original notes” and no verifiable chains of title.
 Judge Mosman Quote - Re-Default and Authentic Note
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How You Can Easily Research State Records For Evidence Of Unremediated LPS Robo-Signing Fraud

How You Can Easily Research State Records For Evidence Of Unremediated LPS Robo-Signing Fraud*[1] 

By Eric Mains, Former FDIC Team Leader

Introduction

Many of the banks conducting foreclosures 2008-2013 relied on a few large foreclosure mills to litigate cases for them, and still do. For large banks, it made sense–consolidate your cases with specialized firms employing dozens of attorneys/paralegals, one-stop shop the process. Most of these firms from 2008-2013 used a version of Lender Processing Services (“LPS”) Desktop software program to create needed assignments for claimed holders of loans (Extra stress on the “claimed” part!). Some estimates put LPS’s dominance of the foreclosure software marketplace at 80% of the market during that period. LPS helped banks retain attorneys for foreclosures, and not surprisingly often chose large foreclosure mills to partner with- mills that often times had much in common with the infamous David Stern firm in Florida.

Stern’s firm became infamous for performing foreclosures using robo-signed/ forged documents when parties claiming holder in due course status lacked one inconvenient little thing–proper chain of title backing up their alleged home loans. The Stern law firm was ultimately brought down by its malfeasance after being investigated by the Florida AG’s office and sued successfully in multiple class actions. See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/business/judge-class-action-status-for-homeowner-lawsuit-against-florida-law-firm/cQbMHYSVMFUCZOILofW10K/.

The robo-signing scandal was also brought front and center in modern pop culture when CBS’s 60 Minutes newsmagazine aired an episode on the infamous use of “Linda Green” by an LPS unit as a pseudonym to endorse thousands of invalid note assignments. The episode told the story of Lynn Szymoniak’s successful investigation and qui tam lawsuit exposing the rampant use of robo-signing/forgery by banks and foreclosure mills to pursue illegal foreclosure actions. See https://www.cbsnews.com/news/whistleblower-facing-foreclosure-wins-18-million/ .

 

In 2013 a widely touted Consent Judgment (CJ) by the various State AG’s offices claimed to have resolved LPS’s robo-signing practices, see  http://www.mass.gov/ago/news-and-updates/press-releases/2013/2013-01-31-lps-settlement.html . The problem became however, if there were 1000’s of these robo-signed documents out there, how exactly did the AG’s offices follow up to confirm the documents were in fact remediated? How did they confirm the robo-signing/forgery by LPS had stopped? This was what the CJ required, and the State AG’s offices were to get quarterly reports from LPS confirming their compliance through January 2018. So why are the State AG’s offices refusing to release copies of these compliance reports to this day?

Why have they never published a list of the names of known robo-signers to be distributed to homeowners or their attorneys? Or released data on how many homeowners received required remediation under the settlement? Strange behavior from the office(s) of AG’s who collected millions under the settlement with LPS, and claimed a “Win” for consumers…or maybe not so strange if they simply failed to do anything TO follow up on the CJ. So what can the average person, or potentially a class action attorney, do to see if LPS actually complied with the CJ and remediated documents BEFORE foreclosing on homeowners, as the CJ required? Below is a basic guide one can use to get started.

 

STEP #1- Identify the Foreclosure Mill Attorney

 

Attorneys in every state are identified by a unique Attorney number (see ex. below). This makes it very easy to track the cases they have handled if your state has an online database. Unfortunately for large foreclosure mills, this also makes it extremely easy to track the specific foreclosure cases their attorney’s have handled because that’s basically the only kind of cases they handled. Alternately, you can do a search by name of bank, name of trust, etc., in most state databases, but the attorney ID number seems to work best when concentrating on one firm. The example I use below is from the State of Indiana, and uses the IN public roll of attorney database, as well as its Odyssey case management system which allows the user to search non-confidential cases. Most states do provide similar such free database systems to the public. The case lists usually go back up to a decade or more.

 

(Example from Indiana website at https://courtapps.in.gov/rollofattorneys )

Indiana Roll of Attorneys

The Roll of Attorneys is the listing of all attorneys licensed to practice law in Indiana. Search for attorneys by name or attorney number. Each attorney’s record includes license status, disciplinary history, contact information, and any other names the attorney has practiced under.

Top of Form

Search for an Indiana attorney:

By Name :

Last Name (required)

First Name

Attorney Number:

  1. 99999-99

Bottom of Form

Results

Kemper , Lawrence Joseph 18029-29 Carmel IN 10-31-1994 Active In Good Standing

 

STEP #1a- Search For Cases the Firm/Attorney Handled.

 

The mortgage foreclosure cases will be marked as such, with all litigation information available when you click on the details. Once you do that, you have party names, filings, home address of the house being foreclosed, etc. So, say you are looking for all foreclosures handled by a foreclosure mill attorney from 2008-2010, or end of 2012 through 2014? Easy to sort out using a database like above, just refine your search fields.

Prepare a list of foreclosure cases filed by your subject attorney/firm. You will want to narrow it down by the relevant dates LPS & its attorneys were required to remediate documents (2008-2010), as well as looking at foreclosures instigated and completed between early to mid-2012 through end of 2013 (or in some cases later). Why? If you later find evidence of robo-signing and backdating post January 2013, this helps establish the foreclosure mill attorneys and LPS directly violated the CJ by moving ahead with a foreclosure using documents they knew violated its terms. With your list of cases, names, etc., you’re ready for Step #3.

https://public.courts.in.gov/mycase/#/vw/Search

Search Results

Attorney Search
Attorney Search
First:
Middle:
Last:
Sounds-like:
Business:
Attorney#:  18029-29
DOB:
Court:
Limit To: Civil
File Date:
Status:
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1 to 20 of 2449

by File Date, Descending

1 2 3 4 5

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association v. Glen David Johnson, Glen David Johnson, Any Unknown Occupants et al

49D07-1709-MF-034571

Court

Marion Superior Court, Civil Division 7

Case Type

MF – Mortgage Foreclosure

Filed

09/11/2017

Status

09/11/2017, Pending

Charges

Parties

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Johnson, Occupants, Flanagan DDS, IMC Credit Services, LLC, MSW Capital LLC, Unifund CCR Partners Assignee of Palisades Ac…

Attorneys

Tekulve, Kemper, Flatt, Lawrence, Matheis

STEP #2- Locate the Land Record of Interest and Assignments.

Once you have this information, it is a simple matter to locate any recorded assignments in the county recorder’s office. Luckily, this is also available online & automated for your convenience in most states……and cheaply at that!! Using the State of Indiana as an example again, they use a commercial service called Doxpop (FYI, Doxpop handles MI too). Through these services, ANYONE can search for recorded land title records (See below). Average cost to search for, pull up, and print an assignment from home or office? $1-3 per assignment, depending on if you buy a bulk search package or just do single search. You are going to be scanning for any assignment performed just prior to, or during, a foreclosure action. In some cases a corrective assignment may exist, and if so the signature should be that of the actual person authorized to sign for a bank….good to have for later.

https://www.doxpop.com/prod/in/recorder/

 

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STEP #3- Time to Start Comparing Sig’s, Date(s), & Notary Cards Against Your Claimed Notary.

Time to start playing “Which signature(s) don’t match?” (both Attorney-in-Fact and Notary), and “Which recording dates don’t make sense?”. You will be comparing signatures of known LPS robo-signers, whose names are easily found on the web… Google “robo-signers & LPS” as a search and you will find a trove of websites listing names. In the alternative, you will find many of them listed in Lynn Szymoniak’s original qui tam lawsuit, also available on the web in PDF.

So what are you looking for?

-Signatures by “Attorneys-in-Fact” on assignments used in a foreclosure case should match one another if made by one person. They shouldn’t be unrecognizable scribble marks in one case, legible in another, non-matching in multiple instances, etc., …common-sense stuff.

-Look at the signatures of the “Notary” on the assignment. Ditto with the above- BUT FURTHER– If they are a registered notary, does their signature match the signature card on file at the registered State agency? (Available by going down in person or requesting such from that county by mail usually).

-If the notary dated the assignment on “XX-XX-XXXX” date, then the assignment would have been sent directly to the county recorder’s office to be recorded afterwards, usually 30 days to protect priority of lien. If there is an unexplained lapse in time from notary signing to recording.. 9 months..years..Why??

Question(s) for attorney’s in a FC case if they performed discovery-

a.) Did the foreclosure mill attorney ever disclose that the documents used and material parties involved in your case included LPS, or the use of the Desktop software platform?

b.) The CJ directly affected the FC mill attorneys because of LPS conduct of interfering in the relationship between FC mill attorneys & their “real” clients (banks, servicers). LPS was found to have virtually taken over the foreclosure process in retaining and directing attorneys as to what to do from 2008-2013. Query- was the attorney effectively able to relay any requests for discovery/production of documents, arbitrate loan modification meetings (required in many states), etc., with the “real”/ supposed note holder, or did LPS interfere with these activities so pervasively as to render them a nullity?

b.) Did the foreclosure mill attorney disclose to you the fact a Consent Judgment had been issued and the documents in your case might be covered by it? Did they point out a toll free number was available for you to contact and request information/lodge complaints?

Remember- it was just such evidence of forgery and backdating, attorney/client interference, etc., that landed Lynn Szymoniak $18M when she filed her qui tam lawsuit…..her suit ultimately leading to the 2013 $125M Multistate Consent Judgment with LPS. What could a good class action attorney do with mass evidence LPS & FC mill attorney’s NEVER remediated robo-signing as required or disclosed material evidence/parties in discovery?….. Love to find out!

The Terms of the 2013 Consent Judgment in Relevant Part

Definitions, section 2.2: “Covered Conduct” shall mean LPS’ practices related to mortgage default servicing, including document creation, preparation, execution, recordation, and notarization practices as they relate to Mortgage Loan Documents as well as LPS’ relationships with attorneys representing the servicers and other third parties through the Effective Date of this Judgment.

Release, section 2.7: “Nothing herein shall be construed as a waiver or release of any private rights, causes of action, or remedies of any person against the Defendants with respect to the Covered Conduct.”  (See above!)

** Important- The Below Was Required of LPS under the CJ

“LPS will undertake a review of documents executed during the period of Jan. 1, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2010 to determine what documents, if any, need to be re-executed or corrected. If LPS is authorized to make the corrections, it will do so and will make periodic reports to the AG’s Office of the status of its review and/or modification of documents.” See, http://www.mass.gov/ago/news-and-updates/press-releases/2013/2013-01-31-lps-settlement.html

Per section 3.2 of the Consent Judgment, the 48 State AG’s offices are responsible for monitoring LPS compliance with the consent judgment through January 31, 2018. LPS is required to be in compliance with not only the terms of the Consent Judgment, but other mortgage servicing agreements and judgments in force, such as the widely touted National Mortgage Settlement, and is in compliance with the servicing standards of those settlements and other applicable state or federal laws.

Through January 31, 2018, LPS will allow the 48 state AG’s access to non-privileged documents without need for a subpoena or other compulsory process.

Section 6.1 allows the 48 State AG’s the right to reopen investigations into LPS for noncompliance with the CJ.

Section 7.1 allows for the State AG’s to take action for other violations of law, and take any actions necessary to protect the health and safety of the public.

What’s in it for you?

A search of 100 assignments looking for evidence that foreclosures were completed in violation of the CJ using robo-signed or backdated documents may cost as little as $100-$200. Cost to benefit ratio wise, if you are a large class action law firm, and if you have just a 10% hit ratio of questionable documents after searching 500 documents, that’s $500-$1000 spent to get 50 potential clients. Not bad when you look at what happened with David Stern’s firm, and look at the millions of dollars collected it in class actions.

The State AG’s are in a bit of a quandry as noted above, because if mass evidence is unearthed showing a failure to remediate and correct before foreclosing on innocent homeowner in direct violation of the CJ, they will be forced to take action. This would further open up the possibility that mass actions against large foreclosure mills will be settled quickly, unless such firms want to risk being faced with the fate of the late David Stern firm. Not bad for a minimal investment, and a little legwork.

So in closing, and to reiterate, developing a large database of signatures by name, FC mill involved, and date(s) in critical to be able to demonstrate that what the AG’s were supposed to insure happened, unfortunately, did not. The proof required is no different than it was for Lynn Szymoniak back in 2011, and just as basic and generally cheap to find….The only question is whether enough defrauded homeowners, their attorneys, or a class action firm cares to dig…..

[1] *The contents of this paper are not meant as legal advice, but merely a tool to be used by those who may wish to research foreclosure cases, and potentially seek legal advice from a licensed attorney.

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This episode will discuss setting up your case for litigation, modification or settlement.  California attorney Charles Marshall will discuss settlement framework (writ large and small), and the numerous misunderstandings regarding how settlement should or even can work.

The overwhelming majority of civil cases will settle well before reaching the trial stage of a lawsuit, nationwide. Whether we’re talking about a divorce, a car accident lawsuit, or foreclosure case parties often choose to settle their case rather than leave their respective fates in the hands of an unpredictable jury. But is settlement always more beneficial?

Settlement Basics

“Settlement” is a term for formal resolution of a legal dispute without the matter being decided by a court judgment (jury verdict or judge’s ruling). Usually it means the defendant offers a certain sum of money to the plaintiff in exchange for the plaintiff’s signing a release of the defendant’s liability in connection with the underlying incident or transaction. This can happen at any point in a civil lawsuit. It can even occur before the plaintiff files a lawsuit at all, if the parties can come together a reach a fair agreement soon after the dispute arises, and both sides are motivated to do so.

Benefits of Settling a Case:

  • Expense.
  • Stress.
  • Privacy.
  • Predictability.
  • Finality.

With foreclosure lawsuits a homeowner often has a personal or profound sense of right and wrong, and decides to make an important point that impacts more than the parties in the case. For cases challenging the constitutionality of a law or some other perceived fundamental unfairness, settling also doesn’t create precedent and won’t affect public policy.

If one or both parties aren’t motivated to settle, or aren’t coming to the negotiating table with a remotely realistic offer, then resolution of the lawsuit before trial may not be possible.  This is often the case in foreclosure disputes- by the time the lender is prepared to settle, the homeowner wants vengence for the harm they have sustained (justifiably).

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The Neil Garfield Show at 6pm EST: Contrived complexity from the usual suspects: MGIC master insurance pools

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Tonight California attorney Charles Marshall hosts the show and is joined by Investigator Bill Paatalo.  Paatalo recently stumbled upon an insurance policy that was issued for loans in a trust, but discovered that the trust no longer existed due to a payoff of all loans within the trust years before by Mortgage Guarantee Master Policy (MGIC). However, that didn’t stop BNY Mellon “as Trustee” from filing a foreclosure complaint on behalf of the dissolved trust.

The insurance agreement is a “treasure trove” of insight as to the secret workings between the servicers (who are named as the “Insured”) and MGIC.

The Plaintiff not only ceased to exist due to a merger, but the trust itself was terminated with all loans paid off long before the filing of the complaint.

Bill Paatalo and California attorney Charles Marshall believe that MGIC issue is yet another example of contrived complexity by lenders/’trusts’/purported trustee’s and ‘beneficiaries’ in mortgage transactions, particularly when recording documents pursuant to taking properties to sale, or when subverting the credit bidding rules at sale.

It is likely that the insurance carrier is calling the shots with modifications and foreclosures because the policy states approval must be provided by the insurer.

Is this another sham wherein the instructions from the banks are filtered through yet another layer of complexity?  Homeowners should inquire if there is an insurance policy on the purported trust that claims to own their loan.  Radian and AIG also offer policies like MGIC.

 

Charles Marshall, Esq.

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CitiGroup Whistleblower Richard Bowen: The Immaculate Corruption

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Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson: The Immaculate Corruption featuring Richard Bowen. Photo: Sharyl Attkisson

Full Measure News is broadcast to 43 million households in 79 markets on 162 Sinclair Broadcast Group stations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, MyTV, Univision and Telemundo affiliates and streams live Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. ET.

In some markets they are seen more than the cable news competition in that time slot, and by more viewers than CNN, MSNBC, and CBNC combined and equal or surpass the audience size of CBS’ “Face the Nation,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and ABC’s “This Week.” They explore “untouchable topics in a fearless way,” from immigration, terrorism, government waste, national security and whistleblower reports on government and corporate abuse and misdeeds. It is hosted by Sharyl Attkisson, a five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting.

This past Sunday, I was honored to be featured on my “experience” at Citigroup, which many have called “The Immaculate Corruption.” [watch it here].

Sharyl Attkisson and Richard Bowen

The interview started with, “This is the story of how systems intended to hold people accountable failed and Bowen claims even helped cover for them… Richard Bowen knew where the figurative bodies were buried at banking giant Citigroup, once the largest company in the world. As a senior vice president, Bowen blew the whistle on Citigroup’s practices leading up to the banking crisis – practices like buying and selling risky mortgages and misrepresenting them to the public and investors.”

Sharyl noted, ”Not much has happened in terms of from what I can see to the actual people at Citigroup who were allegedly responsible for this behavior.” “That would be very accurate,” I responded.

Sharyl continued,

In 2009, Congress created the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Six members were appointed by Democrats, four by Republicans.

Bowen was asked to testify. And he was eager to do it. It was a setting where he says he could publicly tell what he knew, exempt from his Citigroup confidentiality agreement. He wrote up his testimony, naming names and laying blame. However, shortly before he testified Bowen was told to “take out much of the damning evidence that they had originally told me to put in.”

He says the commission wanted major edits; “what they also conveyed is that the edits were not optional. If I did not make the edits I would probably be taken off the witness list.” Bowen says he had to cut out eight pages, almost a third of his planned testimony. And almost nobody knew that when he testified on April 7, 2010.

Last March, the financial commission’s records were quietly unsealed for the first time. And we were able to obtain copies of Bowen’s original testimony, including parts that were cut.

Sharyl: “Did they have you take out names of people responsible”?

Richard Bowen: “Yes. They had originally wanted me to put in the names and the specific instance of cover-ups that I had witnessed. All of that had to be taken out, at least the names”.

Sharyl continued…

Financial commission staff members who dealt with Bowen say the reason his testimony was shortened is simply because it was too long. They deny suggesting any edits, say there was no attempt to censor or silence Bowen, and say that all acted with the best of intentions and followed the highest ethics…

And there’s something of a bombshell in the formerly hidden documents: In 2011, when the Financial Commission concluded work, it secretly determined some of the world’s largest financial institutions had possibly violated securities law.

The Financial Commission privately referred 11 charges against nine executives, including Robert Rubin and two other Citigroup officials, to Justice Department Attorney General Eric Holder for possible prosecution. 

Now that the documents have finally been released after 5 years, Senator Elizabeth Warren has written the FBI and Justice Department Inspector General asking why nothing came of those criminal charge referrals.

“The [Department of Justice] has not filed any criminal prosecutions against any of the nine individuals,” writes Warren. “Not one of the nine has gone to prison or been convicted of a criminal offense. Not a single one has even been indicted or brought to trial.”

On the program I expressed my concern, ”If we do not hold people accountable, then we’re going to see the same behavior. In the 1980s and the banking and S&L crisis, we sent over 800 senior bankers to jail. This crisis which is 70 times worse, I’d say, maybe even greater than that, we have sent no one to jail. And, and I think we basically are saying, there’s no downside to doing this.”

I fervently believe that by allowing the big banks to get away with fraud we are condoning their behavior and it will happen again. The large banks have a stranglehold on the financial services industry. If we are going to institute real change, then we must first break up the large banks, then repeal parts of the Dodd-Frank act to open up the banking industry to real competition.

Although Dodd-Frank was originally passed to reign in the large banks, it has turned into a gift to the larger banks because they have the wherewithal to lobby and gut those provisions that directly affect them. This leaves a disproportionate share of compliance costs on the smaller banks; which then has them selling to the larger banks as they can’t afford to compete.

And Sharyl concluded the interview, “As for Citigroup, it continues to rack up the fines. Last week, it paid $28 million more to settle claims that it gave homeowners the “runaround” when refinancing their home mortgages.”

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