Open Season on Real Estate Proffesionals

FORT LAUDERDALE AND MIAMI LEADS U.S. IN MORTGAGE BROKER ARRESTS

Leading a list of cities that features Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida has, in the first half of 2008, arrested and charged a record number of mortgage brokers and real estate professionals.

Grant theft, wire fraud, money laundering, forged or altered documents and false fraudulent or altered appraisals lead the list of charges.

RICO and organized fraud and organized schemes to defraud in Florida can lead to prison terms of 15 to thirty years.

To date in Fort Lauderdale and Miami the Statewide Prosecutor’s office are neck-and-neck with the US Attorney in arrests.

Not surprisingly, criminal lawyers in South Florida have begun to focus their firms’ marketing to draw-in recently arrested mortgage brokers. Those new to these cases are increasingly turning to established criminal lawyers to help them once they have been retained.

Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney Ralph Behr has issued a third in a series of guides to local criminal attorneys who take on these cases. If you have been arrested have your criminal attorney contact Ralph Behr for the current guide on defending mortgage broker fraud charges.