Task Force to Host Mortgage Fraud Summit in Miami, Florida

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Representatives of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force will meet in the first of a series of Mortgage Fraud Summits on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010 in Miami. President Barack Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. The task force includes representatives from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement who, working together, bring to bear a powerful array of criminal and civil enforcement resources.

In the morning session, the task force members will meet with the general public as well as banking, mortgage and real estate industry representatives to discuss the effect of mortgage fraud on the community. Following the public portion of the meeting, the representatives will hold a press conference to discuss the work of the task force to combat mortgage fraud. In the afternoon, the task force members will meet privately with law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of mortgage fraud.

Leading the press conference will be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Tony West, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Jeffrey H. Sloman, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California Ben Wagner, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Inspector General Kenneth M. Donohue, Florida State’s South Florida Deputy Attorney General Cindy Guerra and FBI Deputy Assistant Director for the Criminal Division Karen Spangenberg.
Also participating in the summit will be the Executive Director of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force Robb Adkins and representatives from the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Miami-Dade Police Department. The Miami summit is the first in a series of meetings to occur in the coming months, with additional dates and locations to be announced.

Mortgage fraud is a key focus of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s efforts. The task force is working to improve efforts across the federal executive branch, and with state and local partners, to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes, combat discrimination in the lending and financial markets, and recover proceeds for victims of financial crimes.

9:00 A.M. EST Opening remarks to the Mortgage Fraud Summit.
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida
Second Floor Media Room
99 N.E. 4 Street
Miami
OPEN PRESS, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

9:35 A.M. EST Panel one: Community Impact and Other Effects of Mortgage Fraud.
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida
Second Floor Media Room
99 N.E. 4 Street
Miami
OPEN PRESS, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

11:00 A.M. EST Panel two: Trends – The Evolution of the Fraud.
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida
Second Floor Media Room
99 N.E. 4 Street
Miami
OPEN PRESS, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

12:30 P.M. EST Press conference hosted by Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Tony West, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Jeffrey H. Sloman, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California Ben Wagner, HUD Inspector General Kenneth M. Donohue, South Florida Deputy Attorney General Cindy Geurra and FBI Deputy Assistant Director for the Criminal Division Karen Spangenberg.
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida
Second Floor Media Room
99 N.E. 4 Street
Miami
OPEN PRESS

1:30 P.M. EST Task force members will meet with law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of mortgage fraud.
CLOSED PRESS

NOTE: Those planning to attend the summit should confirm their attendance to usafls-rsvp@usdoj.gov. Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to Alicia Valle at 305-961-9001. Media who cannot be in attendance, but wish to call in should contact Xochitl Hinojosa for call in information at 202-514-2007 or Xochitl.Hinojosa@usdoj.gov.

NOTE TO SPANISH MEDIA OUTLETS: South Florida Deputy Attorney General Cindy Guerra will be available following the press conference for a brief media availability in Spanish. Please contact Hannah August at 202-305-5543 or Hannah.August@usdoj.gov for any ques

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