Criminal and Civil Actions Against Chase and BofA Creep Forward


 

Criminal and Civil Actions Against Chase and BofA Creep Forward

by Neil Garfield

The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are proceeding from the wrong presumption. They are starting with public policy and politics instead of enforcement of the law to maintain the fabric of our society. It results in the rule of man rather than the rule of law. And it is tearing us apart even if government refuses to talk about and mainstream medium refuses to report on it despite the constant drum beat of new lawsuits and new settlements of bank wrongdoing.

Hardly a day goes by without some settlement being announced with respect to the sale of fraudulent securities to investors. Now we have announcements that Bank of America and Chase are being investigated and sued for civil and criminal behavior with respect to the sale of mortgage bonds to investors.

They have framed their complaints in such a way that it is presumed that proper procedure was followed in the origination and assignment of loans while at the same time they are alleging that proper procedure was not followed in the origination and assignment of loans. The difference is only whether they are saying the victims are the investors or they are ignoring the fact that the victims include the homeowners. It is like a scene from Gulliver's Travels where the incredibly ridiculous is taken as true. Investors should be restored but homeowners may be cheated and bear most of the burden of the bank's misbehavior because it is convenient to do so.

Once again we have agency determination of wrongdoing and still we have a judicial system that is more concerned with validating the illegal mortgages and validating illegal foreclosure judgments and validating illegal foreclosure auctions and validating deeds issued from illegal foreclosure auctions and validating evictions of homeowners who legally should be declared the owner of the home free and clear of any encumbrance and frankly free and clear of any debt which by now has been paid multiple times by third parties who have no interest in pursuing the homeowners for payment.

This is going to be decided on a case-by-case basis in the judicial system and only successful where the attorney for the homeowner is extremely aggressive on discovery. Otherwise, the public policy and mainstream media will control the narrative on each case such that despite fatally defective fabricated documents with false signatures were used in the origination and assignment of the mortgage loan.

Attorneys have to be creative in explaining how the fraudulent sale of securities to investors is tied to the fraudulent sale of a loan product to homeowners. But you can start with the single transaction doctrine in which it can be stated with considerable certainty that had the investors known what was going on in the origination and transfer of loans they never would have advanced a penny. And the borrowers would never have signed the documents if they knew that an inflated appraisal was used in making the loan unreasonable and very expensive once the true value of the property was reflected in the marketplace. Borrowers would also have never signed documents if they knew that the  undisclosed intermediaries were making a mystery profit that amounted to far more than the amount of the alleged principal due on the mortgage. They would not have signed the documents if they knew that their identities were being stolen and traded.

In other words, if federal law had been followed requiring the disclosure of all compensation and all parties to the loan transaction, none of the transactions would have occurred. The federal law is the federal truth in lending act and the federal real estate settlement and procedures act. Qualified written requests and debt validation letters are treated as jokes in the industry and irrelevant in court.

The banks are rolling in money while the rest of the economy struggles. How is that possible? Answer: they are taking the money owed to investors and which would erase the debt and they are keeping it thus maintaining the illusion that the loan to the homeowner has not been paid.

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