LANSING (WKZO) — Michigan will get 2.5-million dollars in a foreclosure document fraud case.
On Thursday, the state’s Attorney General’s Office announced that Michigan will receive the money following the settlement of a case involving a woman accused of forging more than one-thousand documents in Michigan home foreclosures. Lorraine Brown, the former president of a Georgia document preparation company, was charged in November with racketeering.
Brown’s company has since gone out of business, however its parent company has been ordered to pay Michigan 2.5-million dollars in damages and must also set up a hotline and program to correct documents for Michigan homeowners.
In Atlanta, a Dekalb County sheriff evicted a four-generation family, which had been occupying its home, in a 3 am raid earlier this week. Christine Frazer, a widow who lost her job in 2009 and lived in her home for eighteen years, shared her story with Occupy Our Homes:
The group says the early morning raid resembled a drug bust with officers sneaking across Frazer's property in the middle of the night before fifty officers stormed her home to serve an eviction notice.
Occupy Our Homes claims Frazer's home was foreclosured on fraudulently by Investors One Corporation in October 2011, and she has been fighting it in court ever since. In January, activists set up camp on her lawn and told the Frazer family they would defend their home.
Sheriff Thomas Brown said police used "intelligence" to wait until the activists were not present at the home to guard it, and neighbors were asleep, to serve the unprecedented eviction, which includes kicking out Frazer's 85-year-old mother and 3-year-old grandson. Occupy alleges that police refused to allow Frazer to shower or for her elderly mother to get dressed and told Frazer to behave as if it were a fire drill.
Adding insult to injury, the police then rounded up her dogs and took them to the pound.
Again acting as though a major crime was going down, police blockaded the neighborhood and wouldn't allow anyone to secure the family's valuable personal belongings from the curb.
"Once again, it is clear that the government and our law enforcement officials are being used to serve and protect the interest of the 1% and not of ordinary people or even the laws that they have put in place. Occupy Atlanta is more committed than ever to the fight for Chris Frazer’s home, and the thousands of other homeowners just like her who are being disrespected every day," said Occupy Our Homes in a press release.
Sheriff Brown called into WAOK to give his side of the story and answer questions from listeners and offered a couple untruths and vague details about the case. After having to be reminded of Frazer's name, the sheriff claimed Frazer was offered a ride when she was not, and said her case is not in federal court, which it is.
The militarization of local police when it comes to things like drug raids or even routine searches has rightfully received much media attention and condemnation from the public, particularly when it comes to terrible stories like the police officer in Texas who shot Cisco the dog without reason.
But the same level of condemnation isn't present when a four-generation family has its home raided in the dead of night as though local police discovered a drug cartel in the basement.
The absurdity of this kind of hostile raid, combined with the fact that Frazer's lawyer claims there is evidence of fraud because there's a break in the chain of title—a surprisingly common bit of sloppy bookkeeping that occurs as banks shuffle around mortgage papers and never bother to keep track of what institution actually owns the house—should be enough reason to allow Frazer and her family to remain in their home until the courts can work things out.
"Now, I'm not saying all bankers out there are wicked, but I think there are a lot of them that turned their heads when they knew what was going on," says Frazer, "And it was just that old, evil thing called greed."
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