IN COURTROOMS ACROSS THE STATE OF FLORIDA
WOULD BE THROWN IN JAIL!!!
angered judges with its practices. By
MICHAEL SASSO | The Tampa Tribune
Published: April 30, 2010
TAMPA – The Florida Attorney General’s Office is investigating a
Tampa-based foreclosure law firm that has become one of the state’s
largest foreclosure mills.
On the agency’s Web site, the attorney general showed it has an
“active public consumer-related investigation” into Florida Default Law
Group. The agency notes that it is a civil investigation, rather than a
criminal one, and the fact that is has an investigation isn’t proof of
any violation of law.
Without going into much detail, the attorney general’s Web site says
Florida Default Law Group, “Appears to be fabricating and/or presenting
false and misleading documents in foreclosure cases.
“These documents have been presented in court before judges as actual
assignments of mortgages and have later been shown to be legally
inadequate and/or insufficient. Presenting faulty bank paperwork due to
the mortgage crisis and thousands of foreclosures per month.”
Attempts to reach the Attorney General’s Office and Michael
Echevarria, the head of Florida Default Law Group, were unsuccessful
Based in a business park just off the Veteran’s Expressway, Florida
Default Law Group files hundreds of foreclosure lawsuits alone in
Hillsborough County on behalf of banks and mortgage servicing companies.
The Tribune profiled Florida Default Law Group in January.
According to the Tribune’s review of 1,994 circuit court records, the
firm filed initial legal documents for 323 foreclosure lawsuits in
October. That was second only to the Law Offices of David J. Stern, a
Broward County-based foreclosure firm that filed 352 foreclosure cases
Florida Default Law Group operates in numerous counties in Florida,
but it’s not clear how many lawsuits it files outside of Hillsborough
Reporter Michael Sasso can be reached at (813) 259-7865.