Data shows Deutsche Bank was key patron of questionable mortgage lenders

By Michael Hudson

Data shows Deutsche Bank was key patron of questionable mortgage lenders

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameriquest Mortgage":

"… d the securities, which were underpinned by home loans from subprime giant Ameriquest Mortgage, were, quite simply, “crap.”For U.S. Senate investigators, the email i …"

Claims of high-pressure sales, fraud at odds with Quicken Loans’ straight-shooting image

By Michael Hudson

Quicken Loans, the giant mortgage lender founded by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, goes on trial Tuesday in Detroit to face allegati

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameriquest Mortgage":

"… y were against some of the nation’s most tarnished home lenders, such as Ameriquest Mortgage and Countrywide Financial. But they do shine a light on the practices and …"

FactWatch: Fannie and Freddie were followers, not leaders, in mortgage frenzy

By Michael Hudson

Republicans insist that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac "were the main cause of the nation's current financial turmoil” but a look at the data sh

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameriquest Mortgage":

"… ystem.” Critics of the primer counter that Countrywide Financial Corp., Ameriquest Mortgage, and other aggressive lenders made dicey mortgages not because of governme …"

Boiler rooms, foreclosure mills: The story of America’s mortgage industry

By Michael Hudson

The news about the nation’s foreclosure scandal has been coming fast and furious, driven by tales of backdated documents, false affidavits a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameriquest Mortgage":

"… created fake W-2 tax forms that exaggerated loan applicants’ earnings.At Ameriquest Mortgage, one of the companies I focus on in my new book about the subprime mortgag …"

Subprime lending execs back in business five years after crash

By Daniel Wagner

Executives from all of the top 25 subprime lending firms are working in the mortgage business five years later.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank of America":

"… ing to a civil complaint filed last year by the Justice Department against Bank of America, which purchased Countrywide in 2008. Kurland and other Countrywide alumn …"

"… an, she says, from roughly $400 per month to more than $800. By that time, Bank of America had bought Countrywide. Fore asked Bank of America to change the loan term …"

"… han $800. By that time, Bank of America had bought Countrywide. Fore asked Bank of America to change the loan terms until her husband’s workers’ compensation set …"

"… reclosure sale reversed so that she and George can remain in the house. A Bank of America spokeswoman said the bank does not comment on open litigation. The company …"

Feds investigating possible fraud at GE’s former subprime unit

By Michael Hudson and E. Scott Reckard

Federal investigators looking into possible fraud at GE's now-closed subprime lender

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mortgage":

"… into potentially criminal business practices at Burbank, Calif.-based WMC Mortgage Corp. during the home-loan boom, according to four people with knowledge o …"

"… rs, making it a less-familiar name than giant retailers such as Ameriquest Mortgage Co. and Countrywide Financial Corp. Still, in 3½ years under GE’s owner …"

"… ed in guilty pleas to egregious fraud. One, at Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. in Florida, included the creation of fictitious loans. The othe …"

"… ;in Florida, included the creation of fictitious loans. The other, at U.S. Mortgage Co. in New Jersey, involved selling the same loans twice — once to credi …"

Whistleblowers ignored, punished by lenders, dozens of former employees say

By Michael Hudson

Former mortgage company employees say fraud was widespread in industry

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wells Fargo":

"… rmer ran into trouble soon after she started her job as a fraud analyst at Wells Fargo Bank. Her bosses, she later claimed, were upset that she was, well, findin …"

"… e didn’t “see the big picture” and that “it is not your job to fix Wells Fargo.” Management, she claimed, ordered her to stop contacting the company’ …"

"… er to stop contacting the company’s ethics hotline.In the end, she said, Wells Fargo forced her out of her job.Parmer isn’t alone in claiming she was punishe …"

"… ea that employees were punished for reporting problems.In court documents, Wells Fargo denied Parmer’s charges that management interfered with in-house fraud w …"

FBI brags about chasing down mortgage fraudsters but big banks are left untouched

By Michael Hudson

FBI report identifies mortgage fraudsters of all stripes – except banks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mortgage":

"… ys general around the nation. The state authorities accused its Ameriquest Mortgage subsidiary of using bait-and-switch salesmanship, inflated appraisals and …"

A roundup of investigations in the three years since the last market crash

By Shirley Gao

iWatch News reports on the financial crisis from 2008 to now

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mortgage":

"… ncial Corp, responsible for at least $97.2 billion, followed by Ameriquest Mortgage Co./ACC Capital Holdings Corp with at least $80.6 billion and New Century …"

"… uding the Truth in Lending Act and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.Mortgage industry racked by foreclosure scandal (Oct 7, 2010) – One of the leadin …"

A peek into the art of mortgage duplicity

By Michael Hudson

In many of Ameriquest Mortgage’s far-flung sales branches, employees outfitted break rooms or spare cubicles with the tools they needed to c

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameriquest Mortgage":

"… published on the Political Bookworm blog at the Washington Post. …"

16 cents on the dollar: Doing the math on Mozilo settlement

By Michael Hudson

In the end, Angelo Mozilo settled for pennies on the dollar. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameriquest Mortgage":

"… ountrywide eventually succumbed to the temptation to follow the example of Ameriquest Mortgage Co. and its billionaire owner, Roland Arnall, an entrepreneur who was in m …"

Mortgage fraud reports rise, but some fraud may still be undetected

By Kat Aaron and Nick Schwellenbach

Reports of suspected mortgage fraud — fueled by the current economic crisis — are up in 2008, according to two new reports by the FBI and th

Mortgage companies and the new regulatory regime

By Kat Aaron

Everyone knew it was coming. With all the turmoil in the American financial system, a push for re-regulation was inevitable. The Obama admin

No. 15 of The Subprime 25: CitiFinancial / Citigroup Inc.

Total high-interest loans 2005-2007: At least $26.3 billion

The roots of the financial crisis: Who is to blame?

By John Dunbar and David Donald

Banks that financed subprime industry collecting billions in bailouts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… rtgage Corporation (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) also fed the subprime monster. Fannie and Freddie were created by the gov …"

The Subprime 25

A full text list of the top 25 lending companies responsible for subprime loans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ameriquest Mortgage":

"… inancial Corp. Amount of Subprime Loans: At least $97.2 billion Ameriquest Mortgage Co./ACC Capital Holdings Corp. Amount of Subprime Loans: At least $8 …"