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SCOTUS DECIDES TO ENTERTAIN CIRCUIT SPLIT ON FDCPA CREDITOR-DEBT COLLECTOR ISSUE!

BREAKING NEWS — (DC) 

The U.S. Supreme Court appears to have granted a Writ of Certiorari to petitioner Ricky Henson, et al in his case versus Santander Consumer USA, Inc. coming out of the nation’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  There have been numerous disagreements among the circuits as to what constitutes a “creditor” by definition versus what constitutes a “debt collector” by definition, within the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. 1692a et seq).   More about these definitions are specifically noted through the new book FDCPA, Debt Collection and Foreclosures (by the author of this post), anticipated to be released in its first 256-page first edition, sometime around the end of this month (January, 2017).

There is evidence of deeply-entrenched conflict among the circuits, which involves the definition of a “creditor”, which is succinctly defined within the FDCPA as: (a.) any person who offers or extends credit (thereby creating a debt to the borrower); and (b.) any person to whom a debt is owed … and that of a “debt collector”, also succinctly defined as: (a.) any person whose principal purpose is to collect debts; (b.) any person who regularly collects debts owed to another; and (c.) any person who collects its own debts, using a name other than its own.  You can see where these so-called variance opinions have formed as cases involving FDCPA complaints have worked their way through each of the federal circuits.

The hinge pin here however, is that the FDCPA also states that a person is NOT a “creditor” if that person “receives an assignment or transfer of a debt in default solely for the purpose of facilitating collect of such debt for another.”  That, by definition, would make most mortgage servicers “debt collectors”, which consumers, as mortgagors, now find useful to wage war in federal court by using FDCPA actions!   This is one of the reasons this author did the research of over 400 FDCPA actions, some successful and others not successful, for the purposes of illustrating not only the circuit split in definitions, but also because the only way circuit splits can be resolved in finality is by a Supreme Court decision on the valid merits of the case.

OP-ED

The key word here is “default”.  The Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau both concur that the default status of a debt at the time it was acquired determines the status as to whether the entity is a “creditor” or “debt collector”.  The CFPB used this model in an action against a large bank, finding the bank violated the FDCPA by failing to send validation notices on student loan accounts there were in default at the time they were acquired from another bank.  This puts student loan borrowers in a very interesting litigation posture when debts get “assigned” to entities like Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc., Van Ru Credit Corporation, The CBE Group and Immediate Credit Recovery, Inc. (to name a few) to collect, which comprise the larger number of entities assigned to collect student loan debt on behalf of the U. S. Department of Education, which is the alleged “guarantor” (which cannot be sued, so don’t even try it).  Every case the the author has reviewed involving a state-based corporation designed to monitor the accounts of student loan borrowers and the Department of Education, wherein the Plaintiff borrower sued them for alleged FDCPA violations, got tossed out.  The smarter consumers appear to be going after the actual debt collection agencies that have been assigned to collect the debt.

When a debt is in default and has been assigned or transferred to another entity who then attempts to collect the debt, here’s where the splits stack up:

The 4th, 9th and 11th Circuits have held that a person is not a “debt collector” unless its principal purpose is to collect a debt, regularly in the business of collecting debts owed to another, or collecting a debt using a name other than its own.  The 11th Circuit has come out with some very pro-consumer decisions (like Reese v. Ellis) that have helped homeowners fighting foreclosures in going after the law firms trying to collect a debt (NOT enforcing a security instrument … there is a difference) using a different name than the one it operates under as a creditor.  These three “tests” must be met, in addition to the court’s determination that the debt was indeed in default at the time it was acquired by the person claiming the right to collect it.  These three Circuits also rejected the argument that any person taking assignment of defaulted debts is regularly collecting debts owed to another because the debts were owed to a different creditor at the time of default.  You can plainly see where the banks and their servicers (as creditors and quasi-debt collectors) want to confuse the issue, which, it appears they have done, over time.  Now the Supreme Court gets to interpret what the FDCPA means and what it doesn’t mean when it comes to these definitions.

The 3rd, 6th and 7th Circuit decisions in conflict with the foregoing Circuits have focused predominantly on the exclusions from the definitions of “creditor” and “debt collector”, declaring that any person who takes an assignment of a debt in default is a debt collector, while a person who takes assignment of a debt that is NOT in default is a “creditor”, because they actually BOUGHT the debt.  The 7th Circuit went further in explaining that any person acquiring a debt stands in the shoes of that creditor and acts similarly, as opposed to simply acquiring the debt for collection, wherein it acts more like a debt collector, by the strictest defined sense of the FDCPA.

Additionally, Also, both the CFPB and the FTC have adopted the view that the default status of the debt at the time of acquisition determines whether the entity is a “creditor” or a “debt collector.” The CFPB took this approach in a recent consent order with a large bank, finding that the bank violated the FDCPA by failing to send validation notices on student loan accounts that were in default at the time they were acquired from another bank.

VALIDATION OF STUDENT LOAN DEBTS

The CFPB just recently reported that a larger number of student loan debts have afflicted those aged 62 and older to the tune of $66.7-billion!  That’s pretty scary, considering many of these debtors are co-signers for their children’s (and grandchildren’s) education.

It is seriously implied here that in addition to mortgage loans, student loans (car loans and credit cards), have also be securitized on Wall Street into “common law trusts”.  Mortgage loans get securitized into REMICs (which stands for Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits), while other securitized trusts are listed as to their designed use.

To make things a little more “interesting” … here is one sample debt validation response sent to a debt collector, who sent an “initial communication” to a student loan borrower in an attempt to collect a debt (the names of the borrower and debt collector have been purposefully changed to protect their identities):

Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested Number:

 

Date of Debt Validation Correspondence
Name and address of Debt Collector

 

Re: Your Unsigned Debt Collection Letter, dated ______, 2017.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am in receipt of a PAST DUE NOTICE, dated “______, 2017” and am responding accordingly. I choose to respond point for point to what I allege is in fact, an initial communication letter from your debt collection agency.

This is to inform you that I am a “consumer” as defined under 15 U.S.C. 1692a(3).  Further, I deem you as a debt collector, subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, which I have a copy of, under 15 U.S.C. 1692a(5).

First, you have provided me with no written proof of any of the claims you have made in this letter.  You have listed debt collection account reference numbers that I am not personally knowledgeable of.

There is no proof provided in the initial communication I received as to who purchased any alleged student loans under any guarantee agreement bearing my name and personal identifying information.  You also failed to provide me with a copy of the guarantee agreement or any of the loan paperwork that you allege or claim I owe you that is in default.   Therefore, I am disputing the entire balance of what you claim I owe you and further require that you provide me with following:

(a.) Proof of all indebtedness, including copies of any alleged loan paperwork you have in your possession, on which you base your alleged claim of default;

(b.) Proof of the entire chain of custody of each promissory note you claim that the entity you are collecting for was “required to purchase”, including but not limited to, copies of the “guarantee agreement” for each of the alleged loans contained within your initial communication to me;

(c.) Please send me a full accounting of ALL sums due that have been applied to this alleged loan balance, including alleged default insurance payments, credit default swap payments and any other insurance that was purchased to cover the entirety of the loan should an alleged default occur, including correspondence showing the payout dates of these alleged policies;

(d.) If this loan was securitized, along with other student loans, please provide me with the name of the trust and location of its trustee, including the its full contact information and telephone number;

(e.) Since you have threatened me with the garnishment of my wages, and based on the United States Code section shown below, I demand to be provided an opportunity to view all my purported loan documents and a hearing at a location close to my home;

31 U.S.C. § 3720D: US Code – Section 3720D: Garnishment

(3) The individual shall be provided an opportunity to inspect and copy records relating to the debt.

(5) The individual shall be provided an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with subsection (c) on the determination of the head of the executive, judicial, or legislative agency concerning –

(A) the existence or the amount of the debt, and

(B) in the case of an individual whose repayment schedule is established other than by a written agreement pursuant to paragraph (4), the terms of the repayment schedule.

Please be advised that I am responding with the above verbiage as you have indicated in your letter that you may utilize additional collection efforts, including an administrative wage garnishment, tax offset or assigning these alleged loans to the U. S. Department of Education, who, unless you can provide me with proof to the contrary, guaranteed these alleged loans in the first place;

(f.) Please provide me with the Name and Address of the Original Lender / Creditor and all correspondence you have in your possession related to these alleged loans.

(g.) Please provide me with the exact location of my purported loan documents, signed by me, including a direct phone number; and

(h.) Please provide me with copies of all correspondence between your agency and the U. S. Department of Education, including all loan documents, and any documents you have in your possession, bearing my legitimate signature, that prove you have the right to collect this alleged debt, including any agreements signed between you and the alleged creditor you claim to be representing in your initial communication to me.

Please be advised that, in providing the above response, John Q. Consumer is not limiting or waiving any rights or remedies he may now or hereafter have, whether arising under your purported loan documents at law or in equity, all of which rights and remedies are expressly reserved.

Further, since I cannot take your telephone calls into court, this is a demand upon you that you are restricted from contacting me at my home, on my cellular phone or at my workplace regarding the collection of any of the foregoing, until you can fully satisfy the demands set forth in this letter.

Failure to completely respond will also result in an FDCPA action being filed against your company in the appropriate forum.

All further correspondence (including your answer and supporting documentation) may be sent to the address shown below.  I expect to hear from you in short order, as this letter is intended to give you notice that I am disputing the entirety of this debt in full.

Sincerely,
John Q. Consumer (address)

Enclosure: Copy of Debt Collection Letter

Again, I managed to acquire this from a “consumer”, who sent a variation of this letter, regarding a student loan debt.  This letter is a SAMPLE and does NOT constitute the rendering of legal advice for your particular situation and may not draw any conclusions of law or guarantee any legal outcome.  If you intend on using any form of this for your own personal use, you should be aware that you do so at your own risk.  After reading this letter, I was tempted to contact “John Q. Consumer” to see if the debt collector ever responded.  It would seem to appear that when the issue of securitization is brought up, this may create a real dilemma, because the student loan itself may have already been paid in full upon the default of the borrower!  Entire of tranches of student loans may have been paid off over time!

I just thought I’d let you, the blog subscriber, know that student loan borrowers are also using similar tactics, more of which are in the new book on the FDCPA, coming out shortly, which you can pre-order on the Clouded Titles website. The book also goes into detail about how debtors have used FDCPA actions to repeatedly sue debt collectors in order to make a part-time income!  It is fascinating to see what the mind can achieve and the human condition to accomplish!  I’ve actually included an “exploded” view of an FDCPA lawsuit, both applied individually and as a class action, so you can compare notes!  I think you’ll find the 256 pages worthy of your time and consideration.

Just because SCOTUS is deciding this narrow issue does not mean that FDCPA actions will be put “on hold” either.  The definitions of the FDCPA do merit clarification by the nation’s highest court, so the lower circuits will (once and for all) STOP QUIBBLING over what the terms really mean.  This is why it pays to know the FDCPA and get an education in debt collection before getting yourself into debt!

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POINT – COUNTERPOINT: SECURITIZATION FAILURE EXPLAINED

“JANE … YOU IGNORANT SLUT!”

(As exclaimed by Dan Akroyd to Jane Curtin on Saturday Night Live …)

Sorry … I had to do that because you can’t say that to opposing counsel in foreclosure court … as much as you’d like to!  Still, I’m not an attorney, I can’t render legal advice, but I have been listed on at least one attorney’s “expert witness list” for upcoming trials! 

My blood boils when I’m consulting at a foreclosure trial and I hear the bank’s attorney claim that the borrower has nothing to do with the PSA because I know damned well that the borrower (nor his counsel) has a comeback that they can waylay on the bank’s attorney in point-counterpoint fashion, which is why I went with the opener that I did.

The bank’s attorney doesn’t want the borrower opening up the subject of securitization failure, because in so doing, the REMIC finds itself without standing to foreclose.  End of story … because the last attempt is always (when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac aren’t involved) the use of MERS (through servicer fraud) “assigning” a note a mortgage years later into a REMIC trust. Securitization failure may look obvious on paper (what’s recorded in the land records) but it cannot account for the path the note didn’t travel.

The last trial I attended, I saw the bank’s attorney “step in it”.  You could hear her tiny little heels squish in the pile of dung she just sunk into asking the expert witness (who understands securitization) about the “closing date”, then suddenly realizing that she opened Pandora’s Box.  Sadly, the foreclosure defense attorneys need to climb on board with this thought process, as elaborate as it might be.  I’m going demonstrably put it into as easy a graphic as I can, using various scenarios (“submitted for your approval”, as the Twilight Zone‘s Rod Serling would say from the grave). You have to educate the judge!  You have to!  I don’t care if the other side jumps up and down with objections, you have to keep on keeping on.

FEW ATTORNEYS REALLY “GET IT”

First, let me share a pdf with you, written by (in my book) one of the most brilliant attorneys on record:

charlies-wallshein_securitization-fail-part-one-001

The foregoing even has “affirmative defenses” included in this paper, if you know what you’re looking for.  Thanks to Charlie, I used a chunk of his explanation and diatribe in a Texas Rule 736 motion I drafted for use by counsel, which, when coupled with a Rule 12 motion by the attorney (a motion demanding to know who the law firm was representing in its Application to foreclose), the law firm “non-suited” the foreclosure case (made it go away)!

I shall further elaborate, as I do in chain of title assessments where the last party to allegedly have the note and mortgage transferred to them is the REMIC … years after the fact.  The borrowers and their attorneys focus on the Pooling and Servicing Agreement and miss the whole enchilada completely.  It’s not just the PSA we’re talking about here folks!  It’s the entire “sales pitch” … I’m talking about the 424(b)(5) prospectus (and none other than).

The PSA does NOT contain your loan number!  The prospectus contains your loan number!

The prospectus contains well more of the governing regulations than the PSA, all neatly signed under penalty of perjury under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act!   When the bank’s attorney says the Borrower has nothing to do with the Assignment, why then are you stumped?  Why can’t your attorney object?  It can’t be because of ignorance, right?

However, just because your loan number is listed within the prospectus doesn’t mean that your loan is actually in the pool (or made the pool before the cut-off date).  Look at it in the simplest of terms:

  1. Why do lenders use the MERS® System?  

The lenders use the MERS® System as a means to register and securitize mortgage notes within the secondary markets.  However, before the note (and its accompanying electronic paperwork) can be traded (transferred, sold, resold, multiple times over), it has to be digitally uploaded into the MERS® System, which was created for the purposes of electronically transferring the note!  

This is why (when you look at your loan on the MERS® Servicer ID page, the loan reads “ACTIVE”.   That means, it’s “actively” being transferred (potentially multiple times over) from one entity to another while the Servicer’s name remains constant.  When you see the word “INACTIVE”, it means the loan is no longer being traded, most likely because it is NON-PERFORMING!  Who could get away with selling non-performing loans?  Only in the securities market can you get away with that!  This goes back to the late Judge Arthur Schack in the HSBC v. Taher case, which was reversed and assigned to another judge, because the powers that be (the Appellate Department) said Schack went too far (in vetting the truth about robosigning using parties claiming to be officers of MERS). So, as long as the note doesn’t end up in its “final resting place” (as claimed by REMICs in millions of foreclosures), we have an “ACTIVE” note trading within the MERS® System.

2. The servicers who subscribe to the MERS® System purposefully abuse it!

The MERS® System, as I have previously noted in other posts, as well as in the OSCEOLA COUNTY FORENSIC EXAMINATION, allows servicers and their minions and subordinates within their default divisions or their contracted third-party document mills, to “manufacture” standing by creating assignments out of thin air, utilizing the name Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., accompanied by what is proclaimed an “official title”, with only flimsy, non-notarized proclamations by William Hultman or his “successors” within MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. potentially attached to the pleadings as a means of “verification” of the use of the title by the “nominee” (who also thinks it’s a beneficiary, which it’s not).

Regardless of their “signing authority” or other Limited Power of Attorney proof of anything (as Limited Powers of Attorney can be falsely created to reinforce a claim by the REMIC that certain servicers are covered to do exercise certain powers under the power of attorney), there is nothing in the MERS Rules of Membership that forces the users of the MERS® System to “play by the rules”.  In fact, all of the users of the MERS® System have to “indemnify” MERS and its parent of any liability in connection with the creation of these documents, which means it’s “open season” in the fraud department in the creation of these documents.

   3. Parties outside of the MERS® System are allowed to participate with the servicers in creating the documents employing the use of the MERS® System! 

During the Osceola County Forensic Examination, my team discovered (in hundreds of assignments) the use a law firm in the creation of the assignments.  Many times, the assignment itself contained the words, “Prepared by:”, with either the name of the law firm, a law firm attorney or a non-lawyer working for the law firm.  My take here is that this is where you have RICO issues because the servicer, a law firm, a notary and multiple employees of both, are tasked with the creation of the document.  We are not just talking civil RICO issues here, but also criminal RICO, because the document is generally created under the direction of the law firm handling the foreclosure (in mortgage states), or in the alternative, a document processing company (e.g. LPS, CoreLogic, etc.) being involved in engineering the “proper parties” onto a piece of paper that is going to be relied upon in court to foreclose on the property.  The law firm handling the foreclosure will then rely on an assignment that it was involved in creating to steal the home, knowing full well that the assignment contains multiple misrepresentations which are not provable because the assignments clearly show the note and mortgage were transferred into the REMIC years after the Cut-off Date!

This is why I intend to write a follow-up paperback aptly titled, “How To Screw MERS!” (or something like that), to explain how to circumvent the MERS®System in your dealings in real estate (part of your due diligence before you buy a piece of property using a “MERS Member”, which is false, because the alleged “MERS Members” aren’t really “members”; they’re user-subscribers of the MERS® System, through the use of an executory contract with MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. (which is nowhere to be found on your note, your security instrument or the assignment).

4. The “Electronic Tracking Agreement – Warehouse Lender” clearly shows who the “players” are … and MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. is one of them!

If you look at the attached: eta_warehouse_template_v6-mers-and-borrower4, you will see what I am describing here, as to who the “electronic agent” really is. Is this disclosed to you at closing?  Hi there boys and girls, can you say “Truth-in-Lending Act violations right out of the gate?” … sure you can!  (playing on Mr. Rogers’ voice).

Do you see where your “name” is inserted as to “Borrower”?   Didn’t think so.  That’s because you’re not the Borrower, the originating lender or mortgage broker (like that pesky “Rocket Mortgage” and other digital online services that make it so easy to “get approved in minutes” for a mortgage loan).

Notice in the third paragraph where it says, “the Borrower is obligated to pledge the Mortgage Loans to the Lender”?  Notice the term used “Loans” is in the plural?  That’s because the “Borrower” in this agreement is the originating mortgage broker/lender and the “Lender” in this agreement is the “Interim Funding Lender” (like Countrywide, WaMu, IndyMac, etc.).  Look who the “Electronic Agent” is:  MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.!   What is an agent?  (hint: a nominee)

Then why isn’t MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. (the parent of MERS, the entity with all the money) plainly stated on your loan paperwork, including your Note? Where is the Truth-in-Lending Act when you need it regarding non-disclosure of the real “truth”.  It was hidden from you at closing?  That might even bring about suspicion for a RESPA violation as well.

Notice within Paragraph 4 of this agreement where it says that the “Lender and the Borrower desire to have certain Mortgage Loans registered on the MERS® System (defined below) such that the mortgagee of record under each Mortgage (defined below) shall be identified as MERS;”   Did you ever sign a paper like this at closing?   I’ll save you the time looking for it.  You didn’t.  That’s because the “Borrower” in this agreement, involving the placement of your loan into the MERS® System IS NOT YOU!  Did you agree to that?   Didn’t think so.  But it sure the hell explains how your loan got “registered” on the MERS® System, doesn’t it?

This was all created to be part of the securitization process.  This is why the entire process is flawed … and why it needs to be eliminated … and why the parties who created it need to be in prison!  The MERS®System is the platform through which the RICO acts were committed.  Indemnification or not, the platform is there … and it’s knowingly being abused.

YOUR NAME AND ORIGINAL LOAN NUMBER IS ON THE ASSIGNMENT!

This begs the question: How can you NOT be involved?  The assignment is talking about your very loan and mortgage (or deed of trust) being conveyed by the employees of the mortgage loan servicer (who can’t get the originating lender to do it because it’s more than likely defunct), whose employees create the document out of thin air, under the instruction from: (a.) one of the major title companies; (b.) the foreclosure mill attorneys involved in the litigation; and (c.) a third-party document mill tasked by the servicer to keep the transaction at arms length to avoid suspicion.  In any case, the document is a fraud.  They know it. And you know it.  But the judges don’t know it because no one knows how to tell the judge a thing or two about the real aspects of securitization because they know that 99% of these assignments are fraudulent and by ruling against the bank on securitization failure, they would open up a “three-ring circus” in their courtroom while jeopardizing their political futures.

The servicer uses its own “loan number” which generally does not match yours.  But when the bogus assignment is drafted (and many times backdated for a purpose) by the servicer’s employees or that of the law firm or third-party document mill, your original loan number and name is on the assignment.  Why not simply ask the judge to take your name off that document (since you’re not involved in it) and we’ll call it a day?   You know how that will end up, right?

You first have to object to the attorney’s comment that you’re not involved in the PSA, because technically, the PSA talks in general about operations within the REMIC itself.  If you’re going to enter the PSA as evidence, you’re shortchanging yourself and your case.  What you should be entering is the entire 424(b)(5) prospectus.  It still costs $4.00 a copy from sec.gov on their forms page.  They have a contract with United Parcel Service to ship it to you at no charge.  You pay $4.00.  Get the whole prospectus.  The front end of the prospectus is what contains the cut-off and closing date, not the PSA.  Have you ever noticed that, or did you just take someone’s word for it?

exhibit-9_occ-asset-securitization-comptrollers-handbook

Notice the foregoing “Page 8” and where it came from … the 1997 Comptroller’s Handbook issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.  This handbook was issued before MERS Version 3 came into being.  Notice how the first paragraph below the diagram talks about the Borrower being a party to the securitzation chain?   Do you understand why?  Because in simple fashion, in order to make the chain work (the whole system), the Borrower’s payments facilitate the income stream to the investors, who received non-recourse bonds on the Closing Date (or Start-up Date, according to IRS terminology) of the REMIC.

That is, unless securitization failure occurred at the Start-up Date.  This begs the use of an expert witness at trial to can testify as to the facts, followed by the use of depositions of the parties creating the document (the assignment) to reinforce the fraud being plied on the court.

Actually, securitization failure occurred BEFORE that!  It occurred at the Cut-off Date!

It couldn’t have happened because after the note and mortgage was uploaded into the MERS® System database (owned by now-MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.), I believe the original paperwork was no longer needed and was shredded.  My forensic examiners and I have heard this on more than one occasion, right out of the mouths of the bankers!  Thus, when the Borrower went into default: (a.) the servicer handling the loan dummied up an assignment, knowing already that it didn’t have the original loan; (b.) the servicer went into the MERS® System and downloaded the “uploaded electronic copy” and printed it out and took it into court (after adding a bunch of other “allonges”, “indorsements” to the note to try to tie the chain of title together with the chain of custody of the note.

Let me be clear here!  I do not believe that the allonges and the indorsements were completely added until AFTER the original note was retrieved from MERS. The latest article by Neil Garfield, which contains a statement: “I have obtained confirmation from a large bank vendor (Visionet Systems, Inc.) that it rectifies “lost notes” by reapplying the “signature images” upon stored copies. –Bill Paatalo, December 10, 2016.” goes to the core of the following scenario:

My wife and I attended a trial in Fort Myers, Florida where Bill Paatalo was admitted as an “expert witness”.  I went for two reasons.  First, I wanted to see what kind of questions the bank’s attorney and the judge were going to ask Bill about his expertise and the facts of the case; and second, we had dinner with Bill after that to further discuss the case, which ended up without a Final Judgment being issued that day (in court) because the judge wanted more education, in the form of trial briefs by the attorneys, which were due yesterday (I have not seen the brief).

This clearly also shows that the Notes were, at one time (as I suspected) electronic copies.  And riddle me this (as the Riddler said to Batman) … where do you think Visionet Systems, Inc. got the copy of the note?  Visionet is NOT a user of the MERS® System (check for yourself like I did) and therefore, they had to get the note from somewhere (more than likely the servicer, who IS a user of the MERS® System).  This now begs the deposition of someone at Visionet Systems, Inc. to verify this chicanery.

There are at least two cases supporting this conclusion! 

If you’ll simply Google a pdf of “In re Saldivar” (Texas) and “Glaski v. Bank of America” (California), you can see from these two cases that the court finally recognized that if the note and mortgage (or deed of trust) weren’t assigned until years after the Cut-off Date”, there is no verifiable evidence of WHEN or IF the note and security instrument actually “made it into the pool of loans” within the REMIC trust! This is what Bill Paatalo testified to at trial in Fort Myers.  When attacked by the bank’s attorney on the possibility that the note and mortgage made the cut-off date and that the assignment was strictly a memorialization of that fact, Paatalo responded to the “fact” that the assignment itself shows the date of the assignment being two years after the REMIC closed; thus, there is no possibility that the governing rules of the REMIC were complied with.  I am referring to the entire 424(b)(5) prospectus here, NOT just the PSA!

The OCC clearly contemplated that the Borrowers were the parties signing the notes and security instruments, which contained the provision (in paragraph 19 or 20, depending on which long form security instrument was employed at that time) that “the note, or a partial interest in the note” may be sold or transferred. It says nothing about the parties involved in that transaction, the “boss of the note” at foreclosure proceedings, or securitization of the loan.

Not only is the chain of title screwed up (because the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing), certain parties came in contact with each other to “dummy up” paperwork to steal the house.  It’s that plain and simple.

That my friends, is a short-form explanation of the formula for securitization failure in roughly 3200 words, despite the fact I’m not an attorney nor do I render legal advice.  Share this with everyone because the life you save may be that of someone you don’t know that desperately needs to view this educational post!

BTW: For those of you wanting a progress report on the new FDCPA book I’m working on … I’ve about 40 pages to go!  I’m trying to get it done by the end of the year!  It contains some real damning information every “consumer” should know about, from foreclosures, to credit cards and car loans to student loans … all of which have been securitized … including relevant case law to back up the education I provide in this book! 

Dave Krieger, Clouded Titles

 

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TITLE IS TITLE, NOTE IS NOTE … BANKS CAN’T EVEN GET IT RIGHT!

Op-Ed!

I do not know what the law schools are teaching regarding real property law, but here is an atypical case where one alleged lender used a quiet title action to prove a mortgage loan existed on a piece of property and a Maine Superior Court Judge chimed in … loud and clear … “what the hell were you people thinking?”

In the case of U.S. Bank, N.A., as Trustee for LSF8 Master Participation Trust v. Decision One Mortgage Company, LLC, (Superior Court, CV-15-65)(July 26, 2016), the Plaintiff (U.S. Bank) claimed it owned a note and mortgage, claiming the Defendant (Decision One), the originating lender on the note, was defunct and could not collect on the note.

The problem I have is, U.S. Bank didn’t get it right in Ibanez and they sure didn’t get it right here.  I mean, seriously, folks, using a quiet title action to prove up a note?  Seriously?  Someone either fell asleep in property law class or someone just is plain stupid in their legal analysis of this subject matter.

I have been trying to drum it into people’s heads that a quiet title action (when coupled with a request for declaratory relief) is used to determine who has superior title to any given piece of property … NOT to determine who owns the note with the right to enforce the terms of a mortgage.

Simply put … the court agreed with my teachings … not U. S. Bank’s attorneys!  It is sad that my consulting is now limited to attorneys litigating quiet title and will not be available (unless you read The Quiet Title War Manual) to the general public.

A quiet title action, as Al West and I so succinctly put it in the foregoing 512-page educational manual, is an action whereby you put forth a claim that you have superior title and request that the court determine the rights and interests of the parties as to “title”.  A note is an obligation created at the closing table and is not recorded in the public records, whereas “title” is recorded, by virtue of a deed.  The deed is your proof of ownership.

MERS, Securitization and Quiet Title

I don’t see MERS anywhere on anyone’s “deeds”, yet MERS thinks they have “legal title” to everything contained within a MERS-originated mortgage.  This is one of the reasons I keep telling people to “say NO! to MERS mortgages”.  Once you let this parasite in, you’ve just exacted hell upon yourself in unwanted legal fees, because the intent of the founders of MERS (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the banks) was to securitize your mortgage note (turn it into a security on Wall Street) and pander it to every ignorant investor who thinks that investing in securities is a “smart thing” to do.  I see nothing wrong with getting up and walking out of a closing where you are presented with MERS-related paperwork.  After all, by the time you get to the closing table, your note has probably already been sold at least nine times, WITHOUT YOUR SIGNATURE ON IT!  This is the big lie folks!

Say NO! to MERS!

If you think that your signature on a mortgage note is the start of the sale of the terms and conditions put forth under Paragraph 19 or 20 (depending on which long-form mortgage document you are signing), think again.  It doesn’t say WHEN the Lender may sell your note (or a partial interest thereof), as long as the Lender has your Form 1003 Loan Application.  When your loan application is submitted, it gets pandered all over Wall Street, along with your personal identifying information, in addition to being inputted into the MERS® System electronic database.  You make it all literally “legal” when you sign the mortgage and note.  But what if you didn’t?

What if you “woke up” and realized the MERS-originated Mortgage was a scam to steal your personal identifying information (your payment history, your credit scores and your personal information, e.g. social security number, date of birth … all the things these would-be thieves use to steal your identity) and you said NO! and got up and walked out of a closing?  What could the Lender do?

The REMIC trust rules allow for “qualified loans” to be substituted up to 90 days AFTER the trust closes, so that would be construed to mean that some other dumb sucker’s loan (who didn’t wake up like you did) would be put into the place occupied by your loan.  The REMIC itself contains a list of loan numbers (yet to be assigned, until you sign the paperwork) and these loan numbers mean nothing without “legal backing” behind them.

If MERS is shown on your paperwork (solely as a nominee), this failure of a beta business model will attempt to outsource and outspend you and cause you serious health problems (because of what it does to your chain of title) … and by the time all this happens, your title is too late to fix because no one knows who owns what … except that the title to the property is in YOUR NAME!   That is the for sure thing.

In the foregoing case, neither U.S. Bank nor Decision One was “on title”.  The homeowner’s name was on title. I didn’t see him filing the quiet title action, probably because of ignorance.  This is the fallacy being played upon the American public by the banks and it appears the banks themselves are drinking their own kool-aid.

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FORENSIC COUNTERMEASURES: PART TWO

NOTICE: The author of this post is a paralegal and consultant to attorneys on matters involving real property and cannot render legal advice, draw any legal conclusions or guarantee any kind of a legal outcome.  Should you need the advice of counsel, please seek out a competent attorney that is fully educated in current matters involving quasi in rem litigation that actually “has a pair” (I know women who might as well have ’em … bully for them … they too our are fighters and many of them may comprise our fallen comrades in legal arms)! 

I’m going to keep this short and sweet … because frankly … I’ve got to get back to work!

And here the banks thought they were going to smear me and stick my nose in the mud … but thanks to readers like you spreading the word … the OSCEOLA COUNTY FORENSIC EXAMINATION now ranks in the TOP 2% on “academia.edu” of the most widely researched papers!

In today’s glorious fight against the banks, there seems to be a lot of misconceptions as to HOW to fight them in court.  The last thing I’d hate to see is someone spending $10,000 or more with an attorney (or group of attorneys) who call themselves “foreclosure defense lawyers” when in fact, their business model speaks of: “How’d you like to be my monthly annuity in my big ‘stall pattern’ game?”  As I have stated before, stalling the inevitable (the foreclosure of your home) when you don’t have evidence you can nail the bank on (or know where to send your qualified attorney packing … into a deposition to verify specific information) is futile and frankly, I consider it a big waste of your time and money!

Thus, after some careful research and contact work, we’ve come up with a new forensic countermeasure … the ability to go after “Red Meat” (hard evidence).  If we can’t find it, it’s because it may not be there.  And you won’t have to pay $10,000 for a stall game either.

What you are looking for is answers to questions, like …

  1. Does Chase actually own my Washington Mutual Bank loan?  (Or even my Long Beach Mortgage loan?)
  2. Does Bank of New York Mellon actually exist?  (Or is it some other company misusing the name?)
  3. Where is my negatively-amortized mortgage loan parked?   (Where you’d least expect it!)
  4. Does the REMIC whose foreclosing on me even know they’re a named Plaintiff?  (That’s a laugh in many instances … is it yours?)

Many of you have retained (and paid big bucks for) “securitization audits” and “forensic loan audits”, yet all you got in return was “suppositions” and “assertions” … no real “Red Meat”!  This too is a waste of money if all you’re paying for is an analysis made up of pie charts, flow charts, graphs, tables with gobs of enlarged type in each box (that’s called “taking up space on paper”), which is a waste of trees if you get a copy of it in printed form.  I’ve seen lots of these reports that go on and on for 24 pages and you see no actual dialogue about the scenario you are involved in until the last three paragraphs on Page 24!   The entire report is generalized analysis and offers no “Red Meat”!    And to think some of you will go into court and wave that around, expecting to get positive results.  Remember the definition of “insanity”?   If you don’t, please email me through the Clouded Titles website and I will be happy to appraise you of it.

This is not a sales pitch.  You’re either going to walk away from your mortgage (and your home) or you’re going to fight.

If you’re going to fight, then you need to email me through the foregoing link, tell me you’re going to fight, and leave me a working phone number and email address so I can reach out to you.   Our internal resources we now have access to have resulted in over 500 foreclosures being shut down!   Will yours be number 501?   Please contact me only if you’re serious.   I will send you the intake form and our working agreement.

 

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FORENSIC COUNTERMEASURES

(Op-Ed, Financial Education) — The poster of this blog is not an attorney and the information portrayed here is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Kudos to Washington State attorney Scott Stafne for posting this where I could obtain a copy of it in my travails in research!

The title of this post reflects what I’m about to share with you, which you should read at least twice over before making any assessments in your case.

Most folks do not realize that when the proverbial “ca-ca hits the fan” that these types of countermeasures may be necessary to defeat the “other side’s” claim to note ownership.  In an attempt to show that the title documents (the assignments in the land records) do not match the chain of custody of the note, one may have to go a step further in evaluating the legitimacy of the note. It is implied here that once the loans were electronically uploaded into the MERS® System, they were shredded because they were trading on the secondary markets electronically and their original versions weren’t needed anymore.

Anyone reading this post should understand the following:

(1) It is safe to assume that prior to closing your loan, your loan could have been sold as many as NINE TIMES (or more in some cases)!  This means that your originating lender, who many times is just a corresponding lender (5% of their own money into the “game”) was paid off BEFORE the closing actually occurred, which would appear to indicate that the document (the mortgage or deed of trust) on its face is false because it does not state that the lender was paid in full prior to closing.  It only shows where your loan originated.

(2) It is also safe to assume that some investor funded your loan and you don’t have any idea who that investor might be because everything is hidden from you!  Regardless of that fact, the issue remains that the banks will falsely assert that you have no right to determine WHO was involved on the “other end” of the financing spectrum, even though there is convincing research that shows the borrower is actually a party to the securitization process because without their monthly payments, the securitization chain would break (massive defaults in any given tranche within the REMIC after 90 days), the REMIC’s sponsor (who already made side bets that your loan would fail) would cash in on the credit default swaps it placed, plus the default and title insurance policies it took out, which would appear to indicate it was paid in full, and then some, for your loan, yet did not apply any of the proceeds to it, but rather went to the strip club and indulged in some blow, booze and hookers, including all those “friends of Angelo”!

(3)  The reason lenders use the “MERS® System” is because they intended on securitizing your loan and the actual process started when you submitted your Form 1003 loan application! The title documents in your “chain of title” will reflect something totally different than what actually happened on Wall Street (the secondary markets).  Many attorneys and researchers I work with surmise that it was at this point (when the MERS® System was utilized), that parties whom you did not authorize to have your personal identifying information were involved in an apparent massive conspiracy to commit identity theft against you by farming your information out to “the system”, where every subscriber has access to your information, whether you gave permission or not for them to have it!

(4) The banking cartels play by numbers and they know that very few of those getting subprime loans have the resources to wage a legal battle in the court system! This is one of the reasons why they “got out ahead of it” when it came to setting case law involving shutting down the “back end defenses” to securitization, which are now the subject of much litigation in the “sand states”, especially Florida and California.  Anyone reading the Glaski or Saldivar cases can certainly understand where this poster is going with this. These are standing cases!  California homeowners have been getting repeatedly screwed over with non-judicial foreclosures committed by servicers and alleged substitute trustees who (if legally bound to do so) could NOT prove they have any real interest (financial or otherwise) in your property.

(5) Forensic countermeasures may be more relevant if Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac claim to own your loan! Many forensic analysts have told me that once Fannie or Freddie (who I believe were involved in the setting up of the MERS® System to hide their own misdeeds) have your loan, utilizing these types of strategies may be the only means of “shutting down” their claim of note ownership!  In of itself, undated indorsements have also become a major part of the appellants arguments in homeowner-won foreclosure cases, as the other side can’t prove “effective date of transfer” of the note.

It is for this reason that I found that the following document may be necessary to consider when planning your litigation strategy: FORENSIC EXAMINATION OF NOTE

Keep in mind that 85% of all property owners who found themselves facing foreclosure packed up and moved, leaving their home vacant.  This violates their mortgage or deed of trust, based on the fact that they warranted they would live in the property.  It also warrants the issuance of an IRS Form 1099-A, which represents abandonment, as much as this poster still regards the illegality of that in of itself!

The remaining 15% of those property owners who did stand up to the banks dwindled the more they were challenged.  Ten (10%) per cent more of them gave up due to running out of funds and/0r the fundamental fortitude to defend their property once the proceedings either started or were challenged in the courts (including non-judicial proceedings that went judicial when the property owners filed suit to stop the foreclosure).  The remaining five (5%) per cent of all homeowners either have been beat down or are still fighting a war that has placed them in a condition of financial suppression, all by design.

These forensic countermeasures cost money.  This poster has other avenues of approach regarding research into the loan itself, even though he specializes in chain of title and quiet title research.

This is one of the reasons that this poster is working on a new book, which he believes to be fundamentally necessary in educating homeowners on how litigation strategies have shifted towards FDCPA-type filings as a means to build a “war chest” to fight the banks.  This book is taking more time than thought because of the voluminous content of case law but is anticipated to be out before year’s end.  There is more to the entire securitization scheme once “fraud on the court” issues become present!

In the meantime, it becomes necessary to plan your litigation strategy if you intend on staying in your home with the intent to “fight the monster” because the judges across America are convinced that their retirement accounts will be jeopardized if they rule in your favor, which I believe is far from the truth.  The foregoing “forensic countermeasure” is just one avenue you may wish to consider.

If I didn’t care about you and your situation, I wouldn’t be posting these types of articles! 

And the truth shall set you free … God’s speed!

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