11 face justice today in mortgage fraud
By Aïssatou Sidiméasidime@express-news.net
On a one-block street in Northwest San Antonio, five properties all fell into foreclosure in 2003. When federal investigators began poking around, they tied the properties on Meadow Field near Grissom Road to an Austin-based house-flipping ring.
But he did say that in some instances, the straw buyers bought and flipped homes with the help of two San Antonio-based mortgage brokers. In other cases, a buyer purchased a new home at a discount, but got the builder to falsify the mortgage documents by saying the house was sold for a higher price than it was. After the inflated loan closed, the buyer paid the builder a kickback.
Rawlings explained that in San Antonio, several of the cases involved new construction. San Antonio overbuilt homes in 2006 and 2007, and for the past two years, builders have started fewer houses in an effort to sell off their existing inventory.
Such fraud techniques are not exclusive to Texas.
Real estate and foreclosure experts say the frenzy of the housing boom created the atmosphere where such widespread fraud could flourish.