May 19, 2013: banks have paid less than half the $5.7 billion in the 30 different settlements negotiated by various agencies through the Nation.

“Heads I win, tails you lose” is a fraudulent coin toss. Wells Fargo did no better.”

According to the Business Section of the Washington Post, May 19, 2013.

Some of these funds are owed to homeowners who were victims of discrimination and shoddy lending practices; including assigning higher rates to minorities even when they qualified for lower rates or robo-signing (foreclosure documents sign without reading, but testifying that the signer was personally aware of the loan situation).

In 2011, Wells Fargo agreed to compensate up to 10,000 borrowers after the Federal Reserve found the bank was steering them into subprime loans even though they qualified for better mortgages


foreclosureLast year, Bank of America agreed to pay some borrowers between $1,000 and $5,000 for what the Justice Department called lending discrimination. The agency said the bank illegally asked some would-be home buyers who relied on disability income to provide a doctor’s letter verifying the severity of their ailment. There is no list of these victims so no telling how many, if any, will ever receive any monies.

The excuse from the banking industry is that the settlements are too complicated to navigate “quickly” because there are too many agencies, people, lawyers and third parties involved. Meanwhile the homeowner is still trying to save their home or rebuild their lives after their home was taken.

Diane L. Drain, bankruptcy attorney, retired law professor, mentor and community spokesperson.

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foreclosureMUSINGS BY DIANE: “Like Sisyphus (see the drawing) the Justice Department (Sisyphus) is not strong enough to roll the rock (the lenders) uphill and accomplish their goal of getting money back to the defrauded homeowners.”

Published On: May 28th, 2013By Categories: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Loan Modification, Trustee SalesComments Off on Foreclosure Settlements with Banks Moving Very SlowlyTags: ,

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