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TEN YEARS LATER … HAS YOUR DEFINITION OF “INSANITY” CHANGED YET?

(OP-ED) — The author of this post posits these comments based on his own observations and none of this should be construed to be legal advice. For the record, the definition of “insanity” is … doing the same thing for the next 10 years you did the last 10 years expecting different results. 

Who would have ever thought that me breaking my foot would steer me down a path of moral concern, that is, America’s foreclosure crisis based on phony documents?

The Beginning of Insanity

It all began in mid-2007, when, quite by accident, I was surfing the county clerk’s website looking for details on my Texas property and discovered repetitive references to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (hereinafter “MERS”).  I had no idea who MERS was until I started doing further research into this entity only to discover this electronic database had been around since at least 1999.  It didn’t even occur to me that MERS was a brainchild of the banks because at that time, there wasn’t much information out there because the lawsuits that have made the annals of American history were not made manifest yet.

I also had no idea that MERS and the banks were working hand in hand to further their “case wins” in courts by posturing MERS as some sort of legitimate “party” that had the right to foreclose on property.  I only discovered this in 2009 after I started doing serious research into security instruments and all of the accompanying documents that littered the land records across America in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and the previous redux of securitization, which finally reared its ugly head in a way that most Americans could understand.  It was at that time I started to develop what would later become the Chain of Title Assessment (COTA).  How the documents interrelated to each other became more important than the actual information contained within each document because a pattern of behavior became obvious which was worth doing more research on.  That pattern of behavior was recorded assignments being placed within the land records just prior to a foreclosure being commenced on any given piece of property in America.

By mid-2010, I had a specific pattern identified and was able to develop a COTA checklist based on that pattern of misbehavior.  The pattern was not just a making of the law firm or the trustees attempting to enforce security instruments.  It became obvious later on in the game that the law firms and trustees actually were doing the bidding of the mortgage loan servicers; however, that realization did not come until AFTER Clouded Titles had been published (in December of 2010).  It was not until mid-2012 that things began to surface that would lead me straight to identifying who was behind all of the chicanery that enveloped all 3,041 of our nation’s real property records.  At that point in time, I had already established a working relationship with several Texas Clerks and had lectured to their Clerks’ School, sponsored by the V.G. Young Institute for County Government.  Williamson County Clerk Nancy Rister and Williamson County government were the first to attack MERS and the servicers and third-party document mills head-on in a land record audit, which was formally released in January of 2013.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY REAL PROPERTY RECORDS AUDIT_January 29, 2013

Judging by MERS’s reaction to the audit, I knew we were onto something. MERS went out of its way to try to debunk the 179 pages of damning assertions that the mortgage loan servicers and their third-party document mills were the ones behind all of the false and misrepresentative statements we would soon come to identify in the hundreds of COTAs I would being conducting since Clouded Titles was released.  Reporters kept telling me that MERS claimed it did nothing wrong and my reply was, “Then why is everybody suing them?”

A Big Mistake

The chain of title assessment (COTA) has been referenced as a “chain of title analysis”; however, through whatever name you want to give it, the research that goes into a COTA makes it a report, an investigative piece if you will.  By the time that the mortgage loan servicers agreed with 49 states Attorneys’ General to stop production on fraudulent documents, word had spread not only to the legal community but also the public at large, that this chicanery was widespread. Foreclosure victims became outraged at the thought of being defrauded through the illicit use of the land records.  It was at about that time that the COTA hit the courts.  Reliance on a COTA in a court of law or of equity is a huge mistake as many have discovered.  Proof of that will be made manifest in this post.  By the time homeowners and their attorneys ran screaming into court about the “fraud” in the documents, MERS and the banks had already set case precedent that the contents of the documents could not be challenged because the borrowers were not “third party beneficiaries” to the assignments and therefore had no right to challenge.  In my opinion, this lame excuse of not benefitting from the assignment was a ploy to gain favor with the courts, whose judges went along with the argument because the homeowners’ attorneys had no comeback to the argument.  The big mistake however, was the misuse of the COTA and the laziness of homeowners’ counsel to conduct proper discovery.

Many litigants ran into court with their research and attempted to use it as “evidence” to prove their theories that they were defrauded by and through the use of “fraudulent documents” recorded in the public records. Once such case involving this posts’s author manifested itself in Texas on November 25, 2013, in the same year that the Williamson County Real Property Records Audit was released.  See the case below and pay attention to the references on Page 4, where this author’s name is mentioned:

Brown v BANA_Tex 5th App Dist No 05-12-01382-CV (Nov 25, 2013)

Quoting my name and my book and making references to it is not PROOF as the Appellant soon learned the hard way.

During the time span from the time this case came out, Clouded Titles had been on the market for three years and had expanded from its 254-page original version to 432 pages (not the Mayday Edition, which is the revised final version). I knew that judges and attorneys were aware of it … and not just because of its consistent use in the courts.  By that time, the Circuit Clerk of Osceola County, Florida, Armando Ramirez, was introduced to the book and was encouraged by the public to make contact with the author, which led to the commissioning of another land record investigation, which was conducted roughly 90 days AFTER the mortgage loan servicers vowed in writing never to launder the land records with fraudulent documents again, as shown below:

OSCEOLA COUNTY FORENSIC EXAMINATION

The author of this post, once this document was made public, was attacked by the media in what appeared to be political retribution against the Clerk of the Circuit Court (Ramirez), who was again elected to his Clerk’s post in a majority vote the following election cycle.  However, this time, MERS did not play a role in the politicizing and demonizing of the report, which had an attorney opinion letter attached to it like the Williamson County report did.  Instead, the media and foreclosure mill law firms jumped into the fray, slamming the Clerk for spending county money on a report that they maliciously called a “foreclosure audit”.  Again, misuse of the COTA.  The Report issued to the Clerk was just that … a Report outlining the abuses that continued in his own land records from June 1, 2012 to June 1, 2014, well after the mortgage loan servicers agreed to stop putting false and misrepresentative documents in the land records, where they still appear to be continuing on through today!

The Bigger Mistake

What’s even worse is that a lot of wannabe “investigators” who claimed that their research was solid proof did not pass muster in other cases.  As I will demonstrate in the upcoming Chain Of Title Assessment Workshop, to be held online on the Clouded Titles website starting on February 1, 2020, this author has been pontificating all through the ages that Chain of Title Assessments (COTAs) are NOT EVIDENCE in court, despite the ignorance of litigants and their attorneys.  In this workshop, the author will cite a U.S. Supreme Court case that clearly identifies a COTA as research developed from multiple sources and compiled into a report, which this author has constantly maintained is to be used for case development and not as evidence in of itself.  But given the desperation of homeowners, along with the mistakes made by these alleged “foreclosure rescue services” that claim the COTA is their Holy Grail in order to make a buck, these assessments are STILL NOT EVIDENCE in court, as the most recent case out of Idaho demonstrates:

Losee v Deutsche Bank Natl Trust Co, Sup Ct Idaho No 45721 (Nov 29, 2019)

Do you see the date on this case?  It was just issued the day before this author published this post! 

What in the hell are these people thinking?  If I have maintained that a 1943 United States Supreme Court ruling by this nation’s highest court mandates that COTAs cannot be relied on as evidence, why are these wannabe investigators and their litigants ignoring it?

Previously, much to my chagrin, I’ve warned attorneys NOT to waive my COTAs around in court.  One of them did in a Houston federal court and got screamed at by the judge.  This is where the joke about “judges screaming my name and it wasn’t during sex” evolved from. (“Who’s Dave Krieger????!!!!!!!!)

One other attorney in Michigan was forced to let a judge see the COTA (by the judge’s own insistence) because the attorney kept referring to the document while making arguments in court.  Once the judge read the document (assumedly during his lunch break), he got an education, even though it was still NOT being offered as evidence, and ordered the parties to settle the case as he stated, “neither one of you are going to like the way I rule on this one!”   In the end, the bank got the house back and the homeowners got their money back and then some.  This still does not mean that the COTA is evidence unless the material within the COTA is vetted and relied upon by expert witnesses or utilized to craft discovery to go after the underbelly of the other side’s arguments.

I beg of you … please do not continue to misuse these reports.  These reports are meant as investigative research and proper discovery must be utilized to vet the research.  Simply walking into court and waving these reports around screaming “Fraud This!” and “Fraud That!” will get you nowhere.

To get a real idea of HOW TO do a Chain of Title Assessment (COTA) on your own, where you can get a real education, I am offering the first online COTA Workshop on Saturday, February 1st (2020), in 4, 2-part segments, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Here’s the schedule of the online classes:

Sessions 1 and 2, Saturday, February 1, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Sessions 3 and 4, Saturday, February 8, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Sessions 5 and 6, Saturday, February 15, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Sessions 7 and 8, Saturday, February 22, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

I have revised the COTA to take the purpose of the workshop out of the “business model mode” and craft it into the “consumer mode” for the purposes of giving you a basic education into the realm of document identification and research.  Click the following link to leave your email address in the blank space provided and the Registration Form will be emailed to you.  Once you are enrolled in all four sessions, you will be able to access the online workshop presentation (as it will be recorded for future use) on the Clouded Titles website!

The Definition of Insanity Needs to Change in Your World!

I can tell you with a certainty that mine has!  In fact, I use COTA research to make money in my real estate investing.  Had homeowners going through foreclosure been thinking about Plan B instead of trying to fight the inevitable losing court battle ratios, America might have had better case law than what it has now.  With the banks creating as much negative case law against homeowners and as tilted as the system is against borrowers who don’t pay their mortgage payments, it’s time to change your mindset and use the COTA to your advantage.  My workshop strategies have now shifted into the realm of COTA use to make money to survive instead of defending your home in a losing battle.

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FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP IN LAS VEGAS: THE C&E ON STEROIDS!

(BREAKING NEWS) — Due to the nature of the current situation involving the millions of false and misrepresentative assignments littering all of the land records in America, DK Consultants LLC has ramped up its educational attack on the system of things versus those millions of suspect assignments and other documents!  

Clouded Titles author Dave Krieger and California quiet title attorney Al West have teamed up once again to bring you a workshop so specific in nature to the real culprits in the foreclosure arena, we couldn’t keep this quiet any longer!  We wrote a book about it … it’s THE C&E ON STEROIDS! A Layman’s Guide to Cancellation & Expungement Actions!

We’ve put together a tw0-day workshop that gets into the nuts and bolts of the documents that should send mortgage loan servicers and their employees running for cover!

The Cancellation & Expungement (C & E) action is not widely understood, yet with the right ammo, foreclosure defense attorneys can “up their odds” of winning or settling their cases in knowing the information we’ve collected over time can be massively useful to their game plan … so … after much debate we had to share it with everyone!  There is a BEST TIME, an OKAY TIME and a WORST POSSIBLE TIME to do a C&E; however, the ammo we have makes all three potential outcomes for success achievable!

THERE’S A REASON … 

You’ve heard that there have been multiple actions against the MERS® System and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.’s beneficial and nominee status.  If you want to defeat that in your suspect assignment you need the C & E!  With over 80-million homes affected by these assignments, can you imagine the business model you could engage in marketing your services to attorneys and homeowners as a BUSINESS?   These assignments are going to have to get knocked out and if the U.S. Supreme Court decides that MERS is not a valid beneficiary and isn’t really a nominee on your mortgage or deed of trust … imagine how many pissed off homeowners there are going to be that all want to execute on a legal sniper attack on their chain of title that you already have the ammunition for … do you see a business opportunity here?

What are you waiting for?

The downloadable forms you need to attend are right here: LAS VEGAS FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Book your sleeping room for this event by clicking on this link: : http://group.doubletree.com/ForeclosureDefense

We got a really great room rate and FREE breakfast buffet! Seating is limited!

THE FALSE ASSUMPTION

There is a false assumption that has floated about for years about how to deal with these assignments and running into court screaming “FRAUD!” at the judge is NOT the answer.  You will lose your case every time without the necessary precursors and attack plans.  So we’re getting together in Las Vegas to bring you the actual “procedures” used in previously successful cases to show you that if any attorney were to employ this out of the gate … we would be saving you thousands of dollars and years of “delay games”!  Everyone wants a “finite end” to the foreclosure mess.  One thing is for sure … over 80-million land records have bogus assignments in them … all residue from the mortgage crisis … and these suspect assignments aren’t going away by themselves!  They will continue to sit there and rot your chain of title until you challenge them and have them removed.   The false assumption by most Americans is … it doesn’t matter what’s in the land records … as long as I get to stay in my home.  This false assumption is what has hurt America.  And the banks and their scumbag mortgage loan servicers continue to get away with “doing the dirty”.

Why would you want to throw good money away that you could use for Plan B (on useless litigation strategies), when you can employ strategies that will not only “get the message across” to the judge in such a way that it FORCES him to do the right thing versus throwing spaghetti noodles at a wall to see which one sticks?  If homeowners could think like investors … we wouldn’t be in this mess.  But they don’t … and we are.

Take the emotion out of your foreclosure and think STRATEGY!   Think of the most damning thing about your chain of title.  What is it?   The assignment, right?  Or maybe you have multiple assignments that are screwing with any common sense that’s left in the chain of title aside from the lack of marketability of title, right?

THE NUTS AND BOLTS

Al West and I have taken these “nuts and bolts” and put them into a working manual that allows you to:

  1. Determine the best process for attacking the right parties in the right venue;
  2. Determine the timeliness of employing said strategies and manage your case costs more efficiently;
  3. Determine how to send the bank’s attorneys into a panic over discovery pointed straight at them like a Howitzer;
  4. Determine how to formulate an attack plan to take out single or multiple targets at the same time;
  5. Determine the best way to shut down your foreclosure case by bringing in the necessary muscle to put the bank attorney’s head on a chopping block; and
  6. Determine the best way to keep your case in play until you’ve achieved finality … and then take out the law firm that brought you this misery in the first place!

Not only that … we’re going to show you HOW TO create a business model attacking notary bonds and making tens of thousands of dollars a year in extra income doing it!  Imagine how many notaries’ commissions you can knock out … and you’re just one consumer!   Imagine a horde of informed consumers (with this business model) doing it as a way to fund their litigation!  You get to help mankind out while taking out the unscrupulous scumbags that are attesting to these false and misrepresentative assignments while going after the law firms that ordered these phony assignments to be created in the first place!  The question is: How far are you willing to go to achieve these ends?

After much analysis, we’ve figured out a way to put the Cancellation & Expungement Action (C&E) into “hyperdrive” to:

  1. Take out the other side’s attorney and have him up on misconduct charges before his respective state bar disciplinary committee!  (This attack plan works in all 50 states!)
  2. Show you that if the judge in your case won’t “do the right thing” … how Plan B: (a.) puts him on notice; (b.) sets him up to have his bond attacked; (c.) sets the county up (the county the judge gets a paycheck from in “doing the wrong thing” by ignoring your demands to heed the evidence in your case) to become the new target of your litigation; (d.) turns the county’s ignorance and willful disregard of the law into potential criminal prosecution against the key players in charge and (e.) turns your plight into a 3-ring media circus that the county cannot ignore!  (Believe me, the county DOES NOT want that!)
  3. Take both the judge and the banks’ attorneys up to the next level of disciplinary action while shaming them in the media!

When a cop shoots someone, he gets put on administrative leave, right?   Why?  Because the proper authorities have to investigate to determine whether or not the cop committed a crime (homicide, attempted homicide, etc.) or acted in self-defense.  He’s on desk duty until the investigation is over, no matter how long it takes!

When a judge aids and abets felony perjury, his sovereign immunity as a judge can be challenged in a multitude of ways.  Once the county he works for (and gets a paycheck from) discovers his misconduct, the county by all right and reason should put him on administrative leave.  He’s on desk duty until the investigation is over, no matter how long it takes!   And don’t think the rest of the judges in that county aren’t going to sit up and take notice!  They don’t want their bonding companies investigating them!

THE C & E GOES INTO HYPERDRIVE … ON STEROIDS! 

When you leave this workshop … you will have the necessary tools to:

  1. Arm your attorney with the right offensive ammo to go looking for bear;
  2. Prepare adequate pleadings to put forward an original petition to generate a responsive pleading in a non-judicial setting that sets the other side up for attack;
  3. Prepare adequate responses to alternatively counterclaim or affirmatively defend a foreclosure complaint that sets the other side up for attack in a judicial setting;
  4. Use BOTH #2 and #3 to set the trap … and 9 times out of 10, the arrogant bank attorneys will fall for it and put their law licenses in harm’s way;
  5. How to posture discovery to trap the bank’s attorneys in a web of their own making;
  6. How to make use of expert witness testimony to attack false assignments and set the attack plan into motion to get the attorney for the bank in hot water;
  7. How to make use of expert witness testimony to assert negligent misrepresentation on the part of the bank’s lawyer;
  8. Start your own business putting notary’s out of business (and maybe even getting them prosecuted for felony perjury);
  9. How to make proper use of discovery to buy you month’s … even years of delays … because it’s so lethal the bank’s attorneys won’t answer it; and
  10. How to do all of the foregoing while keeping your emotions in check and your cards close to the chest!

Think of how much money you could save by implementing this attack plan!

YOU ARE THE SNIPER!

If you’ve read the 10-part series, “Gutting the Underbelly of the Beast” … we’re going to show you the system of things in hyperdrive … using the C & E as bait to go after the other side’s lawyers and foreclosure trustees!   (Lord knows they all need to be in jail, right?)

And the best part of it … we’ll SHOW you written proof that what we’re teaching in this two-day event is working in the courts RIGHT NOW!

AND … we’ll provide you with the business model and the design plans to attack notary bonds and make money doing it!

The question is … are you willing to commit to fighting the good fight?

Are you willing to do a strategic sniper approach and stop throwing good money after bad?

Then you need to be at this workshop!

The downloadable forms you need to attend are right here: LAS VEGAS FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Book your sleeping room for the event by clicking this link: : http://group.doubletree.com/ForeclosureDefense

We got a really great room rate and FREE breakfast buffet! Seating is limited!

The ammunition you’re going to gain by attending this workshop is unlike anything we’ve published before; however, what we discussed in brief in The Quiet Title War Manual we’re going to expound upon in this two-day workshop!  Since Al West and I wrote the book … we’ve figured out the game plan and the attack strategies!

You get a copy of The C & E on Steroids! book just for attending!  

(No one else will have this manual but you until months from now! You get a head start!)

This book shows you everything you need to employ the Cancellation & Expungement Action (C&E), including:

1. Sample court filing forms!

2. Sample pleadings used in other cases resulting in a positive outcome!

3. Exhibits used in other cases that worked!

4. Orders issued by courts in C & E actions that have worked!

5. Tactics used to combat the other side’s attempt to get sanctions against you!

6. Use of expert witnesses to expose the other side’s weaknesses!

And since this Workshop is in Las Vegas … here’s Lucky No. 7: Four different attack roadmap strategies for each case!

You get written handouts at the workshop that show you step-by-step assignment analysis (to identify your targets!)

1. Assignment and target analysis!

2. Research components used in case development!

3. How to couple a C&E with a quiet title action!

4. How to determine what legal provisions apply to your case!

5. Steps to take to beat the banks in HOA foreclosure cases! (Great for investors!)

6. Use of the notary to get at the rest of the singular or multiple targets!

You or someone you know needs this information … and seating is limited!  You’ll get hands-on approach training at this workshop! 

The downloadable forms you need to attend are right here: LAS VEGAS FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Book your sleeping room at the hotel by visiting this link: http://group.doubletree.com/ForeclosureDefense

We got a really great room rate and FREE breakfast buffet! Seating is limited!

Here is the Registration Form to Attend: FDW REGISTRATION FORM_LAS VEGAS_2019

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UPDATE: BRUCE JACOBS IS FIGHTING BANK OF AMERICA!

UPDATE FROM MIAMI —

Miami-Dade Judge Bronwyn Miller has rejected attorney Bruce Jacobs’ demands that Bank of America be sanctioned for withholding and destroying records … 1.8-billion of them!  There was no specific reason given for the Judge’s decision.  Bank of America (of course) argues that Jacobs’ claims were baseless.

Jacobs had accused the bank of purging the records while under a court-ordered subpoena (in another foreclosure case) to hide evidence of alleged fraud because the original records may have been altered.  Bank of America responded by stating that the records were copied by an outside firm and returned to the bank and that it was the “outside firm’s copies that were purged”.  Bank of America’s attorney stated that Jacobs’ claims were not relevant to this matter because they were based on claims from another case raised in bankruptcy court.  (See the article below for clarification!)

 

See the following link:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/11/bank-of-america-fights-court-battle-over-purge-of-nearly-2-billion-bank-records.html

NOTE:  Bruce has asked me to repost this!

OP-ED — It is not surprising that the individual documents involved in the particular case are not a part of the scrutiny involved here.  Anyone reading any “manufactured” Bank of America document could understand that in (for a time) in Simi Valley, California, tens of thousands of so-called fraudulent assignments of both mortgages and deeds of trust were created under the direction of Bank of America in order to create standing so it could foreclose on affected homeowners.  Many of these documents contained “CoreLogic” on them.  We know from a certain interview with a former contract worker at Simi Valley (in the document manufacturing plant there) that he was signing documents as a Vice President of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. and he didn’t even know who MERS was.  Documents were always referenced back to CoreLogic in Chapin, South Carolina.  Remember the LPS debacle?

Title companies and document processing plants that go out of their way to create documents (or be involved in the creation of them) are NOT your friend!

Many of these documents claim that Bank of America, NA ended up with (as an assignee, or transferred to another party as an assignor) an assignment of mortgage or deed of trust as the result of a merger involving “BAC Home Loans Servicing LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP”, which we have researched thoroughly and found to be false, as Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. was not directly subsumed into Bank of America, N.A.   Oops!  We forgot Red Oak Capital and another merger entity.  The point being … if the other side is going to claim that it acquired something by merger … don’t you think it’s necessary to make them prove it?   We take too much of this for granted and don’t recognize when something is that obvious that we “forget” to challenge it. Every state in the U.S. has a civil component for attacking fraudulent documents.  Why is no one using them to their fullest extent?

Of the documents we now find worthy of discovery: (a.) all assignments in the chain of title; (b.) limited powers of attorney recorded for the benefit of the assignee (Grantee); and (c.) agency and/or merger agreements.  The Grantee (or Assignee) of an agency relationship cannot prove that relationship.  It must be legally proven by the Grantor (or Assignor) of the relationship!  For example … how can a Borrower “agree” that an agency relationship between Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. exists on a mortgage or deed of trust when the Borrower has no proof or personal knowledge of such?

This is why homeowners should regard anything involving “MERS” as suspect and (as we suggest) … walk away from the closing table!  It’s bad enough that over 80-million homes have issues involving their chains of title because of MERS and yet people keep going to the closing table and signing these documents without reading them because they just want the damned keys to the house, whether it financially and psychologically affects them in the future!

This is why we see increased bankruptcy filings, suicides and murder-suicides related to foreclosure cases all over America!  There are portfolio lenders (like fsnb.com) out there … why aren’t we using them instead?   And now another round of subprime mortgages has hit the national marketplace and people who got into trouble in Round One are the first ones standing in line for Round Two.  When will we learn that those who are ignorant of history are condemned to repeat it?

In my next post, I’m going to present a 5th U.S. Circuit case where a REMIC won because of a homeowner’s failure to properly attack his case!  This case involves not one but TWO Assignments of Deed of Trust that were not only servicer “manufactured” but recorded in “reverse”, which would appear to have negated the effectiveness of BOTH of them!  You be the judge!

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BRUCE JACOBS CATCHES FLAK FROM FLORIDA’S THIRD DCA!

(BREAKING NEWS – OP-ED) —

The statistics are unlike anything I personally have ever seen as a consultant to attorneys on matters of foreclosure, chain of title and the system of things … BUT Miami-Dade foreclosure defense attorney Bruce Jacobs has put himself in the firing line by causing the Third DCA into an apparent retaliation by issuing Jacobs a Show Cause Order as to why he should not be sanctioned for violating not only Florida Appellate Rules of Procedure but Florida Bar Rules as well.  I’ve personally met and talked with Bruce Jacobs, a former Miami-Dade State’s Attorney, a devout follower of Judaism.  There are those in the foreclosure world who think little of him for various reasons, while others think he’s too busy to handle their cases, while yet others believe he is a true fighter for “the little guy”.

Miami’s Daily Business Review (via law.com) just broke a story yesterday (October 4, 2018) of the potential sanction news against Jacobs. After doing a little digging, I found the subject per curium ruling that put Jacobs in the crosshairs of some very pissed off judges.  It all stems from their reversal of the famous HSBC v. Buset case, where Jacobs represented the Busets.  After the 3rd DCA’s reversal, I asked Bruce about their opinion in Buset and he told me succinctly that “This is war! This ain’t over yet!”

In a State where homeowners have had more opportunity to figure out “the system of things” as to how foreclosure courts behave, the statistics you’re about to read, which were contained in a filing with the Florida Supreme Court in the cited case, includes statistical evidence of how Florida’s Third DCA is apparently biased and prejudiced against delinquent homeowners:

Alexander v Bayview Loan Svcg LLC, 3D16-2228 (filed April 20, 2018)

Knowing what I know about phony assignments, I proffer an idea here that squarely puts “the system of things” into motion.  By reading this “Opinion” issued by the Third District Court of Appeals in Florida, see if you can make out the frustration not only felt by Bruce Jacobs but by virtually ALL homeowners who’ve ever been in front of any judge in the Third DCA:

Aquasol Condominium Assn Inc v HSBC Bank USA NA et al, 3D17-0352 (Sep 26, 2018)

Again, Jacobs has locked horns with a nemesis that has a propensity to lie in the manufacture of assignments.  In a case in Hillsborough County, Florida, HSBC’s “document manufacturing” came under serious scrutiny and the recorded document was ordered cancelled and expunged from the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s official records in that county.  The case involving that apparent suspect document is still ongoing and if “the system of things” is allowed to play itself out, one particular foreclosure mill law firm and five of its attorneys could be facing the same consequences as Jacobs is now.  It is problematic that most homeowners let their frustrations get in the way of common sense, but the latest “Opinion” seriously appears to put Jacobs in a very tenuous position, since he’s called out the Third DCA for what he believes they apparently are … biased and prejudiced against homeowners … enough to ignore obvious frauds on their own court systems!

However, it should also be made clear here (IMHO) that “the system of things” as I have described in the 10-part series, “Gutting the Underbelly of the Beast” was not implemented in Buset … was clearly not implemented in Alexander … and was definitely NOT implemented in Aquasol, predicated on what didn’t happen in Buset.  That may be tough for some to get their head around; however, when you see the quotes that Bruce Jacobs included in his brief to the Third DCA, which made them recoil, it’s clear the Opinion they issued was really a Show Cause Order that the media is now going to make a 3-ring circus out of, especially in light of what happened to Pinellas County foreclosure defense attorney Mark Stopa.  It’s obvious that Florida does not like aggressive foreclosure defense attorneys, whose first duty is to “the Court”.   With the advent of a Florida judge testifying (at Stopa’s hearing) that Florida foreclosure court judges are incentivized to clear their dockets and receiving bonus cash rewards for doing so, it is very clear that our courts have allowed their own political agendas to taint “Lady Justice”.

I’ve always said it’s about the assignments.  It’s always about the assignments.  This is why C&E actions are so vitally important:

(1)  They dissect the false and misrepresentative information contained within the assignments that are being relied upon by bank’s counsel in foreclosure proceedings.  This involves deposing robosigners.  HSBC has robosigners.  They defaulted when challenged in a C&E as to what authority they had to execute the document.

(2) They bring to light certain statutory violations. Florida has a civil component to its criminal component in F.C.C. § 817.535, which some attorneys rarely use and if they use it, apparently don’t go far enough in using it. They “drop the ball” by NOT doing a C&E on the document called into question.  This is no different than a pro se homeowner going into court and waving a document around and calling it a fraudulent document.  Same results. The Court says, “Prove it!” … and you have no proof!  So piss off!

(3) They bring to light certain ethical violations. Imagine you’re a foreclosure mill lawyer who’s relying on the false and misrepresentative information contained within an Assignment of Mortgage (or even an Assignment of Deed of Trust, for those of you in non-judicial states that have sought to litigate a matter to stop a foreclosure), and you (a.) failed to exercise due diligence in vetting your evidence; (b.) were purposefully involved in the creation of the fraudulent document; and (c.) new or should have known that the information you proffered to the Court would result in a statutory violation.  There are individual Bar Rules in every State that call out this type of behavior.  These Rules fall under the section labeled “Misconduct”.  On occasion, State Bar Associations and Courts across America have to deal with such matters; however, foreclosure cases are particularly egregious in nature because the ethical violations appear to arise out of statutory violations being promulgated on the Court.

(4) They require a determination as to their validity of the document in question.  In the Hillsborough County matter, HSBC had every opportunity to respond, yet didn’t.  When you look at the C&E’s allegations there, HSBC employees could have been facing felony UPL charges.  Duh!  It’s no wonder they didn’t show up.  The good ‘ol boy network on occasion does “circle the wagons” to protect its own practitioners.  I gotta give ’em credit for their somewhat misplaced allegiance.  They pick and choose who they want to prosecute.  Obviously, the several HSBC employees aren’t in jail, so they’ll keep manufacturing phony documents (like every other mortgage loan servicer has done since they were told not to in 2012).

(5) They require a definitive action by the Court.  When presented with the facts, the judge in the Hillsborough County matter cancelled the document and ordered it expunged from the real property records.  That expungement was not detected by the foreclosure mill law firm.  That expungement created further triable issues of fact.  That expungement, in of itself, created a statutory violation.  That expungement further convoluted the chain of title, impairing that property’s vendibility.

(6) They are the “backbone” of any quiet title action.  Once eliminated, assignments and other documents set the basis for the complaint or counterclaim sounding in quiet title because the “obstacle” that the bank has to contend with is an illicit document, shown to be fraudulent, or in the alternative, proven to be fraudulent, with expert witness trial testimony from an attorney to back it up in subsequent cases.  This posits a very serious scenario for the foreclosure mill law firm.  It posits an even more of an issue for any judge hearing the subsequent quiet title action, because the same unclean hands that created and/or relied on the phony document that was cancelled and expunged through the C&E have now come home to roost.

As long as the homeowners are in a position to control the outcome of their cases, the C&E may become a vital tool to measurably determine the success or failure of their destinies.  Sadly, as vigorous of a defense that any foreclosure defense attorney could throw at the other side, especially in this matter, the C&E wasn’t part of it.  Without a basis in finality, how then can “the system of things” work to impose sanctions on the real violators and unseat judges for agreeing with them?

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GUTTING THE UNDERBELLY OF THE BEAST – PART 10

(OP-ED, first posted: September 28, 2018) —

The writer of this rather lengthy and final post in this particular series is a paralegal, researcher and consultant to attorneys on matters involving chain of title, foreclosures and document manufacturing.  The opinions expressed herein are that of the writer’s only and do not constitute legal or financial advice.  Any use of the theories or ideas suggested in this post is entirely at your discretion and will probably result in disaster without the proper legal help, which you are responsible for vetting.  I am not an attorney referral service either. 

HOW TO BANKRUPT ANY COUNTY IN AMERICA IN TEN EASY STEPS

Oh, you seriously thought I was going to go there?   I just did that to freak anyone out on the “other side” that was waiting for me to say such a thing so they could hold it against me in some way.  My Jewish attorney friend used to talk loudly in his leased office space because the walls were paper thin and he knew the trucking company on the other side of the wall could hear him, so he’d make statements about putting that trucking company out of business, just out of spite.  That attorney is (to this day) still one of my good friends in the legal community.  And he knows what personal injury is (especially after getting a large settlement out of a major soft drink manufacturer).  I would say that the entire summation of this 10-part series is not “pissing in the wind”.

I have a large network of attorneys across the country that are bracing for the upcoming storm.  I will not tell you their names because they are behind the scenes getting ready to do their part to make “the system of things” manifest itself.

As one Expert Witness attorney put it to his clients (paraphrased in the simplest terms):

“My testimony will be considered evidence of the statutory violations that were created by the assignments (of mortgage, deed of trust).  If the homeowner’s attorney ties the statutory elements together with the facts my testimony provides, then the Plaintiff (lender, servicer, etc.)’s attorney will be acting as an accessory to the Plaintiff client’s crime.  Not only will the acts be considered criminal statutory violations, they will also be considered ethics code violations.  All of the above is calculated with the hope that it terminates the litigation in the homeowner’s favor.”

FIRST AND FOREMOST EVIDENCE: THE PUBLIC RECORD    

While the OSCEOLA COUNTY FORENSIC EXAMINATION was only a report issued to the Clerk of that particular Circuit Court, it was one of only a few reports that were ever generated at the behest of a Clerk, Register, Recorder, etc. in the entire country (out of over 3,000 counties). It is sad when only a handful of studies were done and what happened following the release of those reports only scratched the surface of “the system of things”:

Southern Essex District, Massachusetts (2011) — Following the release of that report, a pro bono effort by Marie McDonnell, Register of Deeds John O’Brien’s office got a bunch of media attention, which subsequently brought visits by local bank counsel, threatening to sue the county.  Nothing ever came of it (perhaps due to Mr. O’Brien’s response to the attorneys, “Good! Bring it! We get discovery!”), but to this day, all potentially robosigned documents are rejected from recording in that office.

Guilford County, North Carolina (2011) — Attorney Lynn Szymoniak assisted Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen bring a spreadsheet forward of known DOCX robosigners, which sparked public awareness in that county.  Sadly, the entire examination was overshadowed by the FBI’s investigation of DOCX and eventual prosecution of Lorraine M. Brown, its president.  Thigpen retained a law firm to file suit against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. and its parent, MERSCORP; however, the case went nowhere because the court determined that the Register of Deeds did not have a private right of action.

San Francisco, California (2012) — Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, acting on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, retained Aequitas Compliance Solutions, Inc. to conduct a study of his land records, which revealed a plethora of suspect activity regarding the recording of assignments, followed by suspicious pre-foreclosure recording activity.  In a scant 21-page Report, the results infuriated Ting to the point of frustration.  After a media blitz and a lot of YouTube activity, Mr. Ting decided his land records were garbage and decided not to seek re-election. While the report was California-specific, it did make reference to a report issued by two attorneys from the Florida AG’s Economic Crimes Division, which later resulted in those two attorneys, Teresa Edwards and June Clarkson, being forced out of their positions.

Williamson County, Texas (2013) — County Clerk Nancy Rister commissioned a study of robosigned documents culled from hundreds of files in the recorded database of the public records in that county, to find hundreds of suspect issues contained within assignments and powers of attorney that were drafted and recorded by law firms that conducted foreclosures of residents there.  The 179-page report, done by DK Consultants LLC, caused a raft of media attention, followed by a nearly full page rebuttal by the then-CEO of MESCORP Holdings, Inc. Bill Beckmann, claiming MERS did nothing wrong, even though MERS was at the center of attention in the audit.  Several attorneys named in the report visited the Clerk’s office and made threatening comments to her staff but nothing ever came of it.  Williamson County joined in a suit with Travis and Nueces County in Texas against both MERS entities which went nowhere.  Sadly, the attorneys bringing the suit claimed MERS was responsible for the recordings, which the federal judge deemed was not.

Osceola County, Florida (2014) — If anything came from this Report, it was a media firestorm, apparently baited by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department, spoon-fed to all of the Clerk (Hon. Armando Ramirez)’s political enemies, who made use of the information to smear the Clerk in the media.  Despite the efforts to make everyone involved “front page news”, the Clerk was re-elected to his position.  The FBI refused to investigate the contents of the Report, which was not an indictment, after talking to the Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives handling their end of the investigation into the Report’s contents, stating in a one-page release that they could find no victims. The State’s Attorney who was first presented with the Report, declined to investigate any of it and subsequently was not re-elected following a scandal involving Ashley Madison’s website. The Osceola County Sheriff did not seek re-election either.

Seattle, Washington (2015) — McDonnell Property Analytics was tasked with conducting a review of mortgage documents and assignments in a post-Bain decision by the Washington State Supreme Court.  Page 29 of that Report clearly stated that numerous MERS assignments contained “false statements, misrepresentations, and omissions of material fact”, noting the violative statutes, which we would sincerely entertain in taking out adversarial opponents in future skirmishes in the Pacific Northwest.  After much media attention and public outcry to the Seattle City Commission, the heat died down and things appear headed back to the status quo.  Sadly, until the bankers are imprisoned, they continue to own Washington State. (… and you know I’m not lying here!)

All of these “protectors of the public record will go down in the annals of American history” as having made a dent in “the system of things” as exposed, with no finality. I believe that “the system of things” was not approached in the right way.  The parties involved (the Clerks, etc.) in some instances, were told they didn’t have a private right of action.  So what was missing?

THE LACKING COMPONENT: STATUTORY APPLICATIONS OF VIOLATIONS

What was contained in the assignments discovered in each of the foregoing reports was “evidence” that had to be discovered and never was.  Any homeowner in America can run into court and waive their assignment around in the judge’s face and call it a fraudulent document and the judge will simply ignore them because nothing in the document was proven false or misrepresentative to the point of opening up “Pandora’s Box”.  As long as homeowners are willing to play the “delay game”, just to keep things on the level for their comfort zones, nothing will happen.  Eventually, they’ll be out of their home at the hands of a corrupt system.  If they behave like Martin Wirth, they’ll end up dead at the hands of a corrupt system.  You see, “the system of things” “circles the wagons” when it’s attacked.  Just like Custer at the Little Big Horn (and we know what happened to him).

However, the missing components here (referring to the expert witness’s foregoing statements) are not deemed to be “third-party beneficiary” intimations, which all courts to date have placed credence in so homeowner’s “don’t get a free house”.  We’re not even going there.  We are talking about statutory violations of law here, which result in ethical violations by the bank’s attorneys.  If the statutory law exposes the fraud in the public record and it is brought forward into a court proceeding, the bank’s attorney has the option to recant all of his pleadings and oral statements made to the court, because all of those statements make him an accessory to the statutory violations.  Once the bank’s attorney has stepped into the realm of statutory violations (through felony perjury applications, fraud on the court, etc.), that attorney is now subject to disciplinary action by the state’s bar, which is exactly where the ethical violations are going to be lodged, thanks to those bar mandates previously discussed on these posts.  Every state has some sort of statutory application to prosecute false and misrepresentative statements in the public record, it’s just that it’s never been postured in such a way to make it part of the court record.

THE LACKING COMPONENT: ETHICAL VIOLATIONS

Once a record has been created of all of the evidence and testimony in court, the expert witness attorney files a formal complaint to that state’s bar against the bank’s lawyer, alleging ethical violations, which now affects the errors and omissions insurance policy.  The bank’s lawyer is now tempted to file a claim to get his attorney’s fees paid for in the bar disciplinary committee hearing(s); however, if the E & O carrier should become aware of what the attorney is involved in, it would certainly become “risk averse” and deny paying for any of his legal representation, which means it has to come out of his own pocket, which could get really expensive.  At a minimum, he risks suspension.  At most, he risks disbarment.  How is he going to pay off all of his student loans then?   It’s a benefit to the homeowner, because any subsequent law firm will be aware of the case and will run from it, unless it wants to wind up playing out the same scenario as “the system of things” unfolds on them too.

THE LACKING COMPONENT: JUDICIAL SYSTEM CHALLENGES

The judge hearing the foreclosure case should “do the right thing” and hold an evidentiary hearing (see Part 7, the M & T Bank v. Smith case).  Any evidentiary hearing, properly conducted, based on all of the evidence, would preclude any action against the judge and force a settlement.  While this would be an obvious savings to the homeowner, most judges ignore the claims of misrepresentation because they have agendas.  It is these “agendas” that, if not applied, would force an onslaught of suits in that state, tying up the foreclosures dockets for years, because all homeowners would have to do is claim they’ve been wronged and ask for a free house.  We know that is not going to happen; however, “the system of things” will do more good if it is correctly applied in getting that “judge with an agenda” removed from the bench because he (or she) is complicit in a fraud and allowed it to happen, bringing exposed risk against the county and its treasury.

Besides going after the judge’s bond, we see filings to the judicial review panel, which will have the entire record given to the state bar against the lawyer in that proceeding. Without a bond, the judge cannot sit on the bench.  End of career.  End of legacy.  Maybe, even end of pension.   If it’s a senior judge that’s been pulled out because he already has a pension and a nice nest egg, personal judgments against him as the result of a proper proceeding may haunt him for the rest of his life, with not only a personal “stain” on his legacy, but any serious criminal applications here could pierce the sovereign immunity and put him squarely into a criminal proceeding, where he’d face prison time. Imagine the supreme court of any state being tied up in felony allegations?   Think West Virginia!   It can happen and you’ll see it happening when “the system of things” is fully unveiled.   You see, judges are not exempt from prison and an eventual stained legacy, despite what they think of themselves and their so-called “immunity”.

Pompous shits!  And we trusted them to do the right thing.

And let’s not forget the county who employs the judge.  They have a treasury.  Most of them are self-insured and have to answer to voters, who would be pissed at them if the treasury was drained due to multiple damage settlements. This is why state tort claims actions were developed.  Now, imagine a 1,000 people, all affected by the same law firm, all having similarly-situated false and misrepresentative assignments, all coming after the same entities (at once) who got them kicked to the curb by the same county judges.  It really only takes one judge to be removed from the bench under the shadow of felony behavior to send a message to everyone else in “the system of things” that we know how to play the game “for real” now.

If the state bar does nothing to bring a resolution to the attorney’s ethical violations, then the insurance companies will, indirectly.  No insurance carrier is going to insure an attorney with a bad record of being an accessory to a crime.  End of paycheck.  Defaulted student loans.  End of credibility (e.g., David J. Stern).   No one has gone after all his money … yet. Any law firm relying on his assignments?  Watch out!  Your time is coming.

And let’s not forget how the law firm is going to suffer at the hands of this behavior.  No E & O insurance carrier will write professional liability on a stained past history of illicit behaviors.  End of law firm.  Oh sure, they can try and just throw another firm together and keep doing the same thing until they end up disbarred like Stern; however, the bad behavior follows the principals too … and any law firm subsequently taking the case in chief.

And let’s not forget the mortgage loan servicers, third-party debt collectors and document mills creating these phony assignments, or in the alternative, relying on them.  They answer to either the departments of banking and finance or the department of insurance.  The states have risk pools (of money). Imagine tapping into that pile of cash!

There are bonds and professional liability insurance policies in force that cover the behaviors of the foregoing entities.  When they step into this fray however, “the system of things” may end up coming after the individuals and the supervisors that gave them the platform to create these phony assignments and put them all in prison.  How many “Linda Greens” would you imagine would end up there … or should?   As with what didn’t happen in Osceola County, “the system of things” would be more persuasive in this case, because of testimony, affidavits, a paper trail and a transcript of the proceedings.

The system of things put “safeguards” in place to insure that the public is not harmed by illicit behaviors.  Notice I used the word “insure”?   There’s a reason for that.  When insurance companies refuse to pay for bad behavior, someone has to … be it the state, the county or the individuals responsible for stealing private property.

YOUR ATTORNEY HAS TO DO HIS JOB!  THAT’S ALL! 

If anything needs to be understood (and stressed) here, it’s that if you’re paying an attorney to do his job, he should do his job. Not play the “delay game” with you.  There are attorneys out there that will do their jobs.  We need one that has enough sense to put an expert witness attorney on the stand in a formal hearing setting and examine him (with a prepared set of questions) like any other witness on the stand.  We don’t need him jumping up and down and screaming at the judge either.  Remember, he has to appear before the same judge again (that is, if the judge is still a seated judge).   Once this takes place, your attorney will become fully aware of the statutory and ethical violations that have occurred. Sadly, he now is mandated by his state bar to report them under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.  Whether he does it is irrelevant.  The expert witness attorney will do the reporting to the appropriate authorities.  If they don’t act, then we hit up their insurance carriers!

Attorneys do get perturbed with “the system”.  In our previous segment (Part 8), we explored the suit filed against the Oregon State Bar, a public corporation.  Even the state bars should be held to a higher standard and from time to time, refreshed with new blood from humble folks not so consumed with their power and their copious attitudes.  State bars have a treasury too, if you get my drift. Unfortunately, many attorneys who say they’re “fighters” may try to talk you out of opening “Pandora’s Box” in lieu of a loan modification.  That, in of itself, is a trap against homeowners. But again, it’s all about the money, right?

CALL TO ACTION: SENSE OF URGENCY, WHETHER YOU’RE IN YOUR HOME OR NOT

I’m not going to do the “Alex Jones” thing and tell you to harass anyone, “push back” or man your “battle stations”.  Just the opposite.  Wise as serpents, harmless as doves.  Plan the trap. Set the trap.  Spring the trap.  Catch the prey.  Hunger Games: “Remember who your enemy is.” as you see Katniss Everdeen with her bow and arrow, going after a squirrel or a rabbit.  It’s a single and precise strike at the target.  In this “system of things”, you have multiple targets to choose from.  HOW you play that game is up to you.  You are not limited by your tactical ammo.  You do however, have to use your due diligence and wisdom to determine which target to go after and plan the trap.  The bait is already there (what’s in the public record) in the form of documents (assignments) that violate statute.  It doesn’t matter about the “third-party beneficiary” argument.  The statute says what the statute says. It means what the state legislature intended it to mean, no matter what the bank’s attorney argues.  Once that argument starts and the trap is sprung, the bank’s attorney can only do one thing: recant his pleadings and oral statements and motion for the case to be dismissed.  In the alternative, he risks prosecution and eventual disbarment for moving forward.

I want to see your “phony assignments”, especially if they involve a securitized trust, MERS, known robosigners, self-dealing, claims of merger known to be false, etc.

Send them to be at cloudedtitles@gmail.com.  I personally want to see what you’re facing.  If you have even more sense, you’ll include your contact information with your pdf submission. I’m compiling a list of aggrieved homeowners in each state, be it mortgage or deed of trust, and their violative assignments.  I DO NOT NEED TO SEE YOUR ENTIRE CASE FILES! Anyone sending me anything but what I asked for will see their emails deleted!

In the meantime, keep calm and carry on.  And remember, pro se litigants need not apply. Misapplication of any of what was discussed in any of the ten parts of this series of posts is done at your peril.

To everyone else reading these successively “belly gutting” posts: May the odds be ever in your favor.

 

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