Rigging the Bids at Foreclosure Sales

From Dan Edstrom:

Department of Justice Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2010 United States Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California
Contact: (916) 554-2700
Stockton Real Estate Executive Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging at Auctions of Foreclosed Properties

SACRAMENTO, CA—United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced today that Anthony B. Ghio, 43, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Edward J. Garcia to conspiring to rig bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions held in San Joaquin County.

These charges arose from an ongoing federal antitrust investigation of fraud and bidding irregularities in certain real estate auctions in San Joaquin County. The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, the Antitrust Division’s San Francisco Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

According to Assistant United States Attorneys Robin R. Taylor and Russell L. Carlberg, who are prosecuting the case with assistance from Barbara Nelson and Richard Cohen of the Antitrust Division, Ghio admitted in his guilty plea that he conspired with a group of real estate speculators who agreed not to bid against each other at certain public real estate foreclosure auctions in San Joaquin County. The primary purpose of the conspiracy was to suppress and restrain competition and obtain selected real estate offered at San Joaquin County public foreclosure auctions at noncompetitive prices.

Court documents show that after the conspirators’ designated bidder bought a property at a public auction, they would hold a second private auction. Each participating conspirator would submit bids in the private auction above the public auction price. The conspirator who bid the highest amount at the end of the private auction won the property. The difference between the noncompetitive price at the public auction and the winning bid at the second auction was the group’s illicit profit, and it was divided among the conspirators in payoffs. Ghio participated in the bid-rigging scheme from April 2009 until October 2009.

Ghio is charged with bid rigging, a violation of the Sherman Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The maximum fine may be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victim of the crime, if either of those amounts is greater than the statutory maximum fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information concerning bid rigging or fraud related to real estate foreclosure auctions should contact the Antitrust Division’s San Francisco Office at 415-436-6660 or visit http://www.justice.gov/atr/contact/newcase.htm, or the FBI’s Sacramento Division at 916-481-9110, or the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of California at 916-554-2900.

Media inquiries to the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be directed to Lauren Horwood at 916-554-2706. Media inquiries regarding the department’s Antitrust Division should be directed to Gina Talamona at 202-514-2007.

This law enforcement action is part of President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

President 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. 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.

One component of the FFETF is the national Mortgage Fraud Working Group, co-chaired by U.S. Attorney Wagner.

Dan Edstrom
dmedstrom@hotmail.com

DISCOVERY AND PRACTICE TIPS: SEC RULE DISCLOSURE DOCUMENTS Carrington Mortgage – Stanwich – EMC Mortgage Corporation – New Century Mortgage Corporation (“NCMC”

FROM drhDe.u5a.htm

This is both a HERS post and a general post for those seeking discovery of documentation. You can Google this information also. This is also what I am asking all of you to send in to me for posting. I’m backdating the HERS posts like this generally to February and March so as not to crowd out current articles but if you look at the search index and bring up “HERS or even the particular name of an institution or unfamiliar name of an individual company or institution it will come up with increasing frequency as we expand this aspect of the blog.

DISCOVERY: You ask for all SEC filings including but not limited to 8k filings and back-up documents, custodians of those records, and people with personal knowledge of the information contained in those filings, together with their names, addresses, phone numbers, title, scope of duties etc. Then you call them and ask them what they know where there are other documents. Note these are words of art and have a general meaning that cannot be disputed in the industry. CFR= Code of Federal Regulations

EMC Mortgage Corporation transferred the servicing of mortgage loans with respect to the Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-HE1, to Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC. Prior to November 1, 2007, the Mortgage Loans were serviced by EMC Mortgage Corporation pursuant to the Pooling and Servicing Agreement, among Stanwich Asset Acceptance Company, L.L.C., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., EMC Mortgage Corporation, Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC and HSBC Bank USA, National Association, a copy of which was filed as Exhibit 10.1 pursuant to Form 8-K on July 27, 2007 under the same Central Index Key (CIK) as this periodic report on Form 8-K (the “Pooling and Servicing Agreement”). On and after November 1, 2007, Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC will service the Mortgage Loans pursuant to the Pooling and Servicing Agreement. These are the SEC entries of data relating to this event.

STANWICH ASSET ACCEPTANCE COMPANY, L.L.C., on behalf of Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust, Series 2007-HE1 Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

SEC File 333-139507-02

Carrington Mortgage Loa..2007-HE1

8-K{6

Mayer Brown & Platt/FA

11/01/07

Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust/Series 2007-HE1

STANWICH ASSET ACCEPTANCE COMPANY, L.L.C.

STANWICH ASSET ACCEPTANCE COMPANY, L.L.C. (as depositor under a Pooling and Servicing Agreement, dated as of June 1, 2007, providing for, inter alia, the issuance of Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust, Series 2007-HE1 Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates)

(Commission File Number)333-139507-02

Delaware

(IRS Employer Identification No.) 20-2698835

Seven Greenwich Office Park
599 West Putnam Avenue

Greenwich, Connecticut

06830

(203) 661-6186

Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b)
Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b)
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c)
Item 6.02.  Change in Servicer or Trustee

Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC (“CMS”) is a Delaware limited liability company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carrington Capital Management, LLC. CMS maintains its executive and principal offices at 1610 E. St. Andrews Place, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Its telephone number is (949) 517-7000.

On June 29, 2007, CMS acquired substantially all of the servicing assets of New Century Mortgage Corporation (“NCMC”), an indirect wholly-owned operating subsidiary of New Century Financial Corporation (“New Century”) as provided in the prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, on July 11, 2007 under the same Central Index Key (CIK) as this periodic report on Form 8-K (the“Prospectus”)

DISCOVERY HINT. IN ORDER TO GET APPROVALS THEY HAD TO SUBMIT FORMS (APPLICATION ETC.). ASK FOR THOSE FORMS AND THE DISCLOSURES ON THOSE FORMS FROM BOTH THE COMPANY YOU ARE SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT AND THE AGENCY UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. CMS has the approvals necessary to service mortgage loans in accordance with the related servicing agreements. CMS is qualified to service mortgage loans on behalf of Freddie Mac, a corporate instrumentality of the United States, and has received the approval of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to service mortgage loans. CMS has received approvals from the rating agencies with respect to the acquisition of the servicing platform. The residential mortgage servicing operations of CMS are currently rated -RPS4” by Fitch Ratings (“Fitch”). PRACTICE HINT: FILE AN ADMINISTRATIVE GRIEVANCE WITH THE AGENCY REGARDING THE VIOLATIONS YOU ARE ALLEGING. IN MANY CASES IT IS QUICKER AND THREATENS THE ABILITY OF THE SERVICER TO CONTINUE BUSINESS. DISCOVERY HINT: ASK FOR MATERIAL SUBMITTED FOR RATING FROM BOTH THE COMPANY (ISSUER) AND THE RATING AGENCY. SUBPOENA IF NECESSARY. DO DEPOSITIONS UPON WRITTEN QUESTIONS ON RATING AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO ESTABLISH POINTS THAT YOU FEEL WILL BE UNCONTROVERTIBLE ONCE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD. PRACTICE HINT: IN ORDER TO DO THAT YOU WILL PROBABLY NEED TO FILE A MOTION TO TAKE THE DEPOSITION IN LIEU OF LIVE TESTIMONY THUS GIVING THE OTHER SIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CROSS EXAMINE THE WITNESS EITHER LIVE OR IN PERSON. YOU COULD ALSO TAKE THE BETTER ROUTE OF GETTING THE DEPOSITION DONE BY TELEPHONE OR VIDEO BUT THESE CAN GET EXPENSIVE. EITHER WAY MAKE SURE EACH DOCUMENT IS SPECIFICALLY LABELED AS AN EXHIBIT AND EVENTUALLY BATES STAMPED. START CREATING AN INDEX OF EXHIBITS WITH SHORT SUMMARIES OF WHAT YOU WANT TO SUE THEM FOR IN WORD FORMAT OR SOME OTHER SPREADSHEET OR DATABASE FORMAT SO THAT YOU CAN DO EASY SEARCHES. PRACTICE HINT: THE LONGER YOU MAKE THE JUDGE WAIT FOR THE PRODUCTION OF THE DOCUMENT, THE LOWER YOUR CREDIBILITY. SHUFFLING PAPERS AROUND MAKES IT LOOK LIKE YOU MAY NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT AND THAT YOU ARE UNPREPARED.

Stanwich Asset Acceptance Company L.L.C.
By:
Name:  Bruce M. Rose
Title:  President



Forensic analysis, DISCOVERY: BofA Hides Behind Reconstrust Subsidiary

Editor’s Notes: Bank of America is smarter than most. It has created a web of companies whose function is to perform activities that hide the fact that it is Bank of America, and there are other pretender lenders who hide behind this entity who suddenly appears as “trustee” or some other entity claiming the right to enforce the note, foreclose the mortgage, lift the stay or whatever. Recontrust is one of them, and it agrees with its “customers” that it will never make a REAL claim to the obligation, note or mortgage. But it also agrees to make claims and pursue foreclosures as though they were the creditor, reporting back later on what happened.

RECONTRUST APPARENTLY HAS 12 EMPLOYEES. Yet it handles virtually the whole country for Countrywide Loans, BofA and others. From what I can see it is a sham corporation with sham functions much the same as MERS and other players invented to make this process more complicated. Taking the cue from one of our readers, I did some additional research and found no less than four addresses in four states for this company, obviously designed to give you the run-around. So if you contact one office you are told to contact another. And if you contest their right to issue a notice of default, notice of sale or file a foreclosure lawsuit or defend your own lawsuit to stop them they have plenty of newly fabricated paperwork to justify their position, because that is apparently all they do.

If you want to test this, just call them and ask about a property that is not in foreclosure. They have nothing. So the only reason we see them is to provide cover for the pretender lenders and give them plausible deniability if they come up against a judge or has their number and now wants to award damages, attorney fees, or fines.

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State Number of Properties
Alaska 18
Arizona 1783
Arkansas 66
California 4430
Idaho 214
Mississippi 50
Montana 47
Nebraska 26
Nevada 586
Oregon 114
Tennessee 107
Texas 99
Utah 185
Virginia 156
Washington 135
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Alaska 200
Arizona 18956
Arkansas 697
California 29862
Idaho 1528
Mississippi 190
Montana 493
Nebraska 129
Nevada 1560
Oregon 4584
Tennessee 480
Texas 1158
Utah 983
Virginia 515
Washington 1245

Our lien release departments, located in Simi Valley, CA, and Tempe, AZ, record documents in more than 3,600 jurisdictions.

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Rising foreclosure activities can be a distraction for any servicer. If you’re not positive your business is prepared to handle the rising numbers, let’s talk. ReconTrust’s default management services could take the weight off your operations, so you can focus on your core business.
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Phone:1-800-281-8219
Address:
2380 Performance Drive,
Richardson, TX 75082
Mail Stop: RGV-C4-450

Real Estate Owned (REO)
If you have questions or inquiries regarding REO purchases, unlisted purchases, investor-owned information, city violations, REO broker applications, REO vendor management, or broker complaints please call the REO Customer Escalation Team at: (866) 781-0029.

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