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Justice Department Settles Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit with City of Jacksonville, FL

The Justice Department today announced a settlement with the city of Jacksonville, Florida, to resolve allegations that the city violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act when it refused to all ow the development of permanent supportive housing for individuals with disabilities in its Springfield neighborhood.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Convicted of Civil Rights Offenses for Stealing Property from Motorists and...

The Justice Department announced today that a federal jury convicted former Miami-Dade Police Detective William Kostopoulos, 49, with using his law enforcement authority to violate the civil rights of two motorists as well as obstructing justice

Justice Department Files Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Owner and Managers of Florida Mobile Home...

The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against James C. Goss, the owner, and Cathy Plante and Joey Gwozdz, the managers, of May Grove Village Mobile Home Park, an 81-lot property in Lakeland, Florida.  The lawsuit alleges that the defendants discriminated against African Americans in violation of the Fair Housing Act

Florida Resident Charged in Superseding Indictment with Attempting to Damage Religious Property

James Gonzalo Medina, 40, of Hollywood, Florida, was charged today by superseding indictment with attempting to damage religious property following his initial charge on May 2, 2016, of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction – an explosive device – at a synagogue in Aventura, Florida.

Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Owner of North Fort Myers, Florida, Mobile...

The Justice Department announced today that Thomas Mere, the owner and operator of Mere’s Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Park in North Fort Myers, Florida, has agreed to pay $40,000 to resolve allegations that he discriminated against African Americans in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The settlement, which is in the form of a consent order, must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Seven Indicted in Florida in Mortgage Scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 1, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Seven individuals have been indicted in the Southern District of Florida for their alleged participation in a mortgage fraud scheme in the Miami area.

Florida Man to Serve 13 Months for Defrauding Thousands of Homeowners in $4 Million...

BOSTON - February 27, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- A Florida man was sentenced today to serve 13 months in prison for defrauding thousands of homeowners in a $4 million nationwide home loan modification scheme.

Two Florida Men Sentenced for Defrauding Thousands of Homeowners in $4 Million Nationwide Home...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 21, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Two Florida men were sentenced today to serve 84 months in prison for defrauding thousands of homeowners in a $4 million nationwide home loan modification scheme.

Former Contractor of a Florida Property Management Company Sentenced to Serve Time in Prison...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 17, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- A former repair contractor of a Florida property management company was sentenced to serve time in prison for his participation in a wire fraud scheme related to housing repairs made under a contract between Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Justice announced today

Two Florida Men Convicted of Defrauding Homeowners in Home Loan Modification Scam

BOSTON - November 18, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Two Florida men were convicted yesterday for defrauding homeowners in Massachusetts and elsewhere in a home loan modification scam.

Florida Woman Sentenced for Role in Reverse Mortgage Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 22, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida, and Special Agent in Charge Lester Fernandez of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG) made the announcement after sentencing by Senior Judge Richard W. Goldberg, sitting by designation in the Southern District of Florida

Florida-Based Lender Processing Services Inc. to Pay $35 Million in Agreement to Resolve Criminal...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 18, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Lender Processing Services Inc. (LPS), a publicly traded mortgage servicing company based in Jacksonville, Fla., has agreed to pay $35 million in criminal penalties and forfeiture to address its participation in a six-year scheme to prepare and file more than 1 million fraudulently signed and notarized mortgage-related documents with property recorders’ offices throughout the United States. The settlement, which follows a felony guilty plea from the chief executive officer of wholly owned LPS subsidiary DocX LLC, was announced today by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the Middle

Florida CPA Sentenced for Role in Foreclosure Scheme

December 10, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Barrington Coombs, 58, of Weston, Fla., was sentenced today to serve a year and a day in prison for his role in a foreclosure rescue scheme that victimized desperate homeowners on the brink of losing their homes, the Justice Department announced. Coombs was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra in the Southern District of Florida

Orange City Landlord and Manager to Pay $100,000 in Civil Penalties as Part of...

WASHINGTON, DC - March 2, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department today announced that landlord James Stevens, his company Fountain View Apartments Inc., and his former rental manager, Mildred Chastain, have agreed to pay $415,000 in monetary damages and civil penalties to settle a Fair Housing Act lawsuit alleging that they discriminated against African Americans and families with children at Fountain View Apartments, a 42-unit apartment complex in Orange City, Fla.

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Colombia tops all Foreign Searches for Miami Real Estate

Colombia continues to lead all foreign countries searching for South Florida real estate, according to new data from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal,, in May 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for six consecutive months

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A Florida Future Fund Would Upgrade State’s Crumbling Infrastructure, Protect Natural...

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