FTC Mails Refund Checks to Consumers Victimized by Alleged Mortgage Relief Scam

Allison Tussey —  June 3, 2014 — 4 Comments

The Federal Trade Commission, through an administrator, is mailing checks totaling nearly $3 million to over 6,300 consumers who were victims of a mortgage relief scheme. Using names such as Prime Legal Plans and Reaching U Network, the defendants allegedly made false promises that they could help consumers save their homes from foreclosure or lower their mortgage payments.

The checks must be cashed on or before July 21, 2014. The amount consumers will receive varies depending on how much they lost. Consumers who have questions should call 1-877-291-8511 or visit www.FTC.gov/refunds. The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.

Consumers should carefully evaluate offers of help in lowering their mortgage payments or saving their homes from foreclosure. Consumers should also know that it is illegal for anyone to collect money up-front for loan modification or foreclosure rescue services. For more information see: Mortgage Relief Scams.


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4 responses to FTC Mails Refund Checks to Consumers Victimized by Alleged Mortgage Relief Scam

  1. Among other things that pertain to Foreclosure Fraud are the Judges. They apparently do not have to be up on the latest happenings with the foreclosures.

    At the time of my Foreclosure I did not have an attorney as I could not find an attorney who was interested because it was a second home, a retirement home that we built in 1989. I tried to call and speak to the Judge to advise him that I did not have council what should I do on the day my case would go before this judge. I was told by a lady who snickered at me on the phone that I do not get to speak to the Judge, for me to get council. Much later I found out that yes I should have appeared in court with or without council. When I said I had no idea I could do that, I was told ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Well, I’m sorry shouldn’t that be true of the Judge as well.

    I had IndyMac Bank as my Lender until such time they were closed down by the FDIC and later taken over my OneWest Bank F.S.B. IndyMac Bank was no longer a bank but simply a servicer at the time of my Foreclosure, yet the foreclosure states IndyMac Bank as the foreclosing bank. Hence, my foreclosure was illegal.

    Now, one would think that anyone dealing with the legality of foreclosures would be up to speed on a huge bank going under and the ramifications that may bring. Unless a Judge has been living under a rock he/she certainly would know IndyMac/OneWest.

    When I was finally able to retain an attorney, one of his arguments was IndyMac Bank was no longer a bank at the time of my foreclosure and therefore the foreclosure was illegal. My attorney gave the date of the bank folding, etc. The Judge came back with my attorney failed to bring him proof of this foreclosure, therefore he denied the request to vacate the foreclosure. This judge ruled in favor of Deutsche Bank every step of the way. I had Robo-Signers on all my legal documents. Erica Johnson who was famous for Robo-Signing was on one of my Assignments of Mortgage, that was signed by here approximately a year before this. At this particular time Erica was in the news for Robo-Signing where she admitted doing so on one of the T. V. shows…60 minutes or 20/20.

    Now, after hearing all this, my judge actually said, “well, this is not proof that she illegally signed your document, she may have done it properly on your Assignment of Mortgage.” This judge bent over backward to find in favor of Duetsche. I have lost all faith in the judicial system.

    All this judge did with his ruling is insult our intelligence. There was no justice served by this judge that day.

  2. Judith A Fleming July 26, 2014 at 6:48 am



    I hope that Carl Millberg spends the rest of his seedy life behind bars. You have managed to ruin my retirement plans that I have worked so hard all of my life preparing for. You might just as we’ll have taken $200.000. Instead of $27,000. I deserve a lot more then this for what you have put my family me through. Due to all the stress that I endured, I ended up having 2 heart attacks. My life will never be the same. Carl you will pay dearly for all of FRAUD you have committed. The rest of you family belongs in jail too. I only wish that I had the money to fly down and see you face to face. I told you I would get even…… REMEMBER.

    Judithfleming79@yahoo.com. P.S The message above mine is from my Identical Twin Sister. To: John Vagga

  3. Hurray!!!
    OMG this could not come at a better time. My home has been sent to an attorney for foreclosure. This is all because I was a victim of Fraud at the hands of Carl Millberg, Interstate Law Group. I am out $30,000 because of what Carl Millberg said to me. I believed what he said. He was half owner of this law firm and I trusted him. This will never happen again. I have gone through Hell this past year worrying about losing my home. I had to hire yet another attorney and pay him $5,000 to trying prevent my home from being foreclosed. I think it only right that this $5,000 be added on to the $30,000 as I would not have needed to hire an attorney if it were not for the actions of Carl Millberg, and not to mention the pain and suffering I have and am going through because of his actions. May he spend the rest of his life in prison!

    • Judith A. Fleming July 26, 2014 at 7:04 am

      Nancy, I pray to God That The FTC will find it in their hearts to make it right for everyone who was burnt by Carl Millberg. If John Vagga from FTC could help all of us he certainly would. He is a wonderful person.

      Judy Fleming

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