Albertelli Law, Daniel Consuegra, and Kahane & Associates Draw AG Scrutiny
The investigation into Florida’s foreclosure mills just doubled in size (almost) as the scope widens to include three new law firms under examination for fraudulent foreclosures.
Shannon Behnken of the Tampa Tribune reports:
Tampa firms Daniel C. Consuegra and Albertelli Law, as well as Plantation-based Kahane & Associates, received letters of inquiry in early December from the Economic Crimes Division of the attorney general’s office.
The letters say the office has received complaints of “unfair, deceptive and unconscionable practices” by the firms.
Regular readers of this site will know that the Attorney General’s office already has multiple mills under investigation for potentially submitting fraudulent documents or perjured testimony. Since taking over for former AG Bill McCollum, new AG Pam Bondi has kept her election promise to keep the heat on, and has decided here to turn it up a couple of notches.
While the reports aren’t specific as to what allegations of wrongdoing brought these particular firms under investigation, a Florida appellate court has recently asked the Florida Supreme Court to weigh in on suspicions of widespread fraud by foreclosing banks and their lawyers. In that case, the court seemed convinced that a foreclosure mill was submitting falsely notarized documents as evidence. We’ll see what the attorney general uncovers here.