Foreclosure Defense: Pay Attention to the Ankle Biting For Really Good Inside Information


LITIGATORS AND LITIGANTS WHO ARE FIGHTING FORECLOSURE AND USING OFFENSIVE STRATEGIES TO RECOVER REFUNDS, REBATES AND DAMAGES FROM THE COLLECTION OF COMPANIES THAT RAN UPLINE AND DOWNLINE FROM THE LENDER SHOUDL TRACK THESE LAWSUITS AND EVERY FIILNG — THERE IS A LOT OF GOLD IN THOSE PLEADINGS AND A LOT OF WORK YOU WON’T BE REQUIRED TO DO ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU FIND A LAWSUIT AGAINST SOME OF THE SAME PARTIES YOU HAVE IN YOUR CASE. 

THE FRAUDULENT ACTS COMMITTED IN VIOLATION OF MULTIPLE STATUTES AT THE SECURITIES END OF THIS SINGLE TRANSACTION IS A MIRROR IMAGE OF THE FRAUDULENT ACTS AT THE REAL ESTATE END OF THE TRANSACTION. THE SIGNATURE IS THE SAME. INFLATED APPRAISALS AND RATINGS WERE AT THE ROOT OF COVERING UP INTENTIONAL DISREGARD AND DEGREDATION OF UNDERWRITING STANDARDS.

IN ALL CASES UP AND DOWN THE LINE, UNDER FASB ACCOUNTING STANDARDS, THE LOAN WAS NOT ON THE BALANCE SHEET OF ANY ENTITY, WHICH IS WHY WE SAY THAT THE SECURITY WAS SEPARATED FROM THE SECURITY INSTRUMENT AND THE OBLIGATION TO PAY WAS SEPARATED FROM THE NOTE. 

IN ALL CASES WHERE WE HAVE BEEN PRIVY TO THE DETAILS, WE HAVE FOUND NO ENTITY THAT CAN PROVE IT IS OR WAS THE ACTUAL LENDER IN THE REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION AND WE HAVE FOUND NO ENTITY THAT CAN PRODUCE THE ORIGINAL NOTE OR EVEN THE ASSIGNMENTS THAT TOOK PLACE SHORTLY AFTER THE REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION. THIS IS WHY WE SAY THAT THE REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION WAS IN ACTUALITY A SECURITIES TRANSACTION WHERE THE BORROWER WAS PROMISED HIGH RETURNS ON HIS PASSIVE INVESTMENT IN A HYPER-INFLATED APPRAISAL (RATING) OF REAL ESTATE.

Now that things are falling apart, the banks are suing each other, the investors are suing the investment banks, everyone is suing everyone. A lot of what has been reported here and theorized in this site is now supported by the allegations of dozens of lawsuits and changes being made in regulations, accounting standards, and licensing of professionals in securities, real estate and related areas to the Mortgage Meltdown. 

The Buffalo case reported below clearly shows the inside scoop on how the fraud occurred, how clear it is, and how the financial shake-up is not ending but rather just starting a new chapter. The fraud alleged is precisely what has been reported and predicted by this site for months. Deutsch Bank is at the center of this one, but don’t be fooled. They all did it, some more than others. 

New reports from the Financial Accounting Standards Board indicate a long overdue correction in reporting standards for off balance sheet transactions. Until now, incredibly, financial firms were allowed to conduct business “off balance sheet”, reporting the income but NOT the liability.

Firms like Lehman are now going to be required to take all those transactions back onto their balance sheet. This will reveal the 25+ ratio typically used by all investment banking firms for leverage which every investor knows is stupidly suicidal. Their plan was to report the income on the way up and get bailed out by government if everything went to hell.

We also have information on a case that proves our point beyond a reasonable doubt: Wells Fargo was selling (assigning) various aspects of its residential real estate loans as soon as the application was filled out. Which means that at NO time were they ever using their own money. The case involved property in Michigan and will shortly be filed there.

M&T sues German bank

Deutsche Bank AGaccused of impropriety

By Jonathan D. Epstein NEWS BUSINESS REPORTER
Updated: 06/17/08 7:10 AM

M&T Bank Corp. sued German banking giant Deutsche Bank AG Monday evening, accusing the global investment banking powerhouse of knowingly selling M&T unsafe mortgage investments. M&T is seeking to recover $182 million in losses and punitive damages.

The legal action represents an attempt by Buffalo-based M&T to recoup most of the damage it suffered on a trio of mortgage-backed securities in the fourth quarter of last year. That’s when mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures were soaring nationwide, causing vast losses not only for lenders but also for the holders of investments.

The fraud lawsuit, filed Monday in State Supreme Court in Erie County, concerns two investment securities M&T purchased from Deutsche Bank in February 2007. At the time, M&T had hoped to earn higher returns than it could on U. S. Treasury bills and high-grade commercial debt issued by a company like General Electric Co.

Known as “collateralized debt obligations,” the complex layered securities were ultimately backed by “subprime mortgages,” which are loans to borrowers with bad credit. But the investments were highly rated by two of the nation’s major debt-ratings agencies, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Corp., giving the bank some comfort.

In its lawsuit, M&T claims Deutsche Bank deceived M&T by claiming the two securities it sold were “safe, secure, and nearly risk-free” — even safer than corporate debt and nearly as safe as Treasury bills.

In fact, the suit says, Deutsche Bank knew that its underwriting standards and due diligence had deteriorated, and bank officials were already experiencing problems with subprime loans and collateral “under their control” in 2006 and early 2007.

Also, M&T claims the ratings from Moody’s and S&P were also “fraudulent and false” because Deutsche Bank allegedly withheld information from the ratings firms, including about fraud with some of the loans and the refusal by the loan originators to stand behind them.

In the end, M&T cut the value of all three investments from $132 million to just $4.4 million less than a year after buying them.

“If M&T had been aware of the true facts . . . M&T would not have purchased the notes,” the bank said in the 51-page suit.

The bank is seeking to recover the original cost of the two Deutsche Bank securities, about $82 million, plus interest and $100 million in damages. The lawsuit does not cover the third security investment, originally valued at $50 million and sold to M&T by another party.

“We think that we have an incredibly strong case on the facts,” said Robert Lane, partner and head of the litigation department for Buffalo law firm Hodgson Russ LLP, which is handling the bank’s case.

The action by M&T represents the latest effort by an investor that purchased mortgage- backed securities and related bonds to go after the lender or brokerage that sold the investments in the first place.

Several such investor lawsuits have been filed by unions, pension funds, hospitals and municipalities such as Springfield, Mass., alleging they were sold inappropriate investments.

All of those suits are still in the early stages of litigation, with no sign of immediate resolution. But Lane said M&T was confident because its case is based on “very basic, accepted legal theories of fraud and negligent misrepresentation.”

The lawsuit also shines a light into the inner workings of “securitizations,” in which a multitude of loans are packaged by an investment bank into a legal trust, whose cash flow from the loans is then broken into pieces and sold to investors. Ratings agencies bestow their blessings in the form of evaluations such as “AAA,” which Wall Street then touts to sell the securities.

The two securities M&T purchased were “collateralized debt obligations,” which are pieces of debt that in turn are backed by other debt, such as mortgage-backed securities. Cash flow from one is used to repay the debt from the next higher level. And investors can buy into different levels of risk, accepting a bigger chance of default for higher returns. Many CDOs also have used derivatives known as “credit default swaps” to supplement loans.

M&T historically stuck to conservative investments, but opted to buy CDOs for the first time in February 2007. Relying on Deutsche Bank’s marketing, it chose two bonds from the Gemstone VII trust, which Deutsche Bank put together, sold, and administered, with Texas-based HBK Investments LP as collateral manager, the lawsuit said.

The first security, for $42 million, was rated AAA by S&P, while the second, for $40 million, was AA. The Gemstone marketing materials touted HBK’s experience and record, and the historically stable performance of similar investments, while a Deutsche Bank salesman repeatedly reassured M&T.

But within months after the purchase, the loans deteriorated, defaults soared, the bonds behind the CDOs were downgraded, and Gemstone itself was up for downgrade. M&T also learned for the first time that HBK had had claims against one of its biggest lenders, and was fighting with five over loans in default since 2006.

By October, half the bonds in Gemstone were downgraded, and one-fourth were in default. Gemstone itself was next.

Ultimately, M&T cut the Gemstone bonds to just under $2 million. They’re now $1 million.

jepstein@buffnews.com


One Response

  1. Wow! What pearls you have here! This is dead on! Lehman is my bank who defrauded us… And, yes, the writer of this little story is correct in that Lehman intended to get paid going up and then by our wonderful fed chair, Helicopter Ben Bern coming down! Oh, isn’t Hello Ben a former Goldman Sucks oups Sacks man? OR, was he Bear Stern guy, but readers, do your homework on this one! The story teller here is telling the truth and is dead on! I am sure the Bush cartel are also in on this thing just as they were in the late 80’s S&L failure! This is not all hubbub here and, no, we are not paranoid! This is a gov. that is broken and in need of a rising up and Paul Revere ride thru the town! The cartel, is intent of keeping its adversaries silenced, so speak out and don’t be fooled! This is why they do not teach finance in high school, they don’t want you to discover the living lies we are really living! Only that 1%, the Bush Cartel, the corrupt lawyers, Neil excluded and likes there of, and our Senate and Congress will benefit from these dastardly deeds thwarted upon we the people. Oh, about our gov. reps, have written them and none….of them have responded, not a one, and guess what, we live right here in the good old Capital Hill Area! It is time for Paul R to start ringing the bell however, he will not be shouting about the red coats this time! May god bless all the visitors and reader of this site, we care here!

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