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OCJ CASE NO. 5595 | Confidential Report to Fannie Mae Regarding Shareholder Complaints of Foreclosure Fraud by Mr. Nye Lavalle

OCJ CASE NO. 5595 | Confidential Report to Fannie Mae Regarding Shareholder Complaints of Foreclosure Fraud by Mr. Nye Lavalle


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Office of Corporate Justice has retained Baker & Hostetler LLP to conduct an independent investigation of concerns expressed by Mr. Nye Lavalle, a Fannie Mae shareholder, about several Fannie Mae business practices in connection with single-family mortgages. 1 Mr. Lavalle accuses Fannie Mae of “aiding, abetting and sanctioning … predatory lending and servicing schemes,” as well as committing accounting and securities fraud, and racketeering violations. He views Fannie Mae as responsible for damage inflicted on single-family borrowers by unscrupulous lenders and servicers because Fannie Mae approves lenders and servicers, maintains servicer profiles and ratings, approves mortgage document terms and servicing requirements, and benefits from the income stream created by wrongdoing. He fears Fannie Mae’s alleged failures could result in both civil and criminal liability that would affect shareholder value.

Through a series of communications to members of the Board of Directors and
others starting in December 2003, Mr. Lavalle called for an independent investigation of his
allegations? The Board of Directors decided to conduct an internal review of these concerns.
On September 12,2005, the Office of Corporate Justice retained Baker & Hostetler LLP.

Mr. Lavalle began investigating the mortgage industry after his parents, Anthony
and Matilde L. Pew, had a dispute with mortgage servicer EMC Mortgage Corporation (“EMC”),
a subsidiary of Bear Stearns Companies (“Bear Stearns,,).3 EMC ultimately foreclosed on the
Pews’ property, even though, according to Mr. Lavalle, his family is wealthy and made repeated
efforts to repay the loan.4 The dispute motivated Mr. Lavalle to investigate and publicize his
allegations that EMC engaged in predatory servicing practices, which has resulted in several
lawsuits between Bear Stearns and Mr. Lavalle. 5 Mr. Lavalle then broadened his focus to
include the single-family mortgage industry as a whole.

Mr. Lavalle considers himself a gadfly of the mortgage industry. He claims to
have been investigating, analyzing and exposing mortgage fraud, predatory lending and
servicing, and securitization schemes since 1993.6 He has a website that details his complaints,
and has posted information on several other sites. 7 He claims to have spent more than 20,000
hours and nearly $500,000 investigating predatory lending and servicing. 8 He reports that he is a
consultant to plaintiff lawyers who sue lenders and servicers and to homeowners.
Mr. Lavalle’s view is that since Fannie Mae is such an important force in the
mortgage industry, it has both the responsibility and means to end abusive lending and servicing
practices. Mr. Lavalle’s view is that Fannie Mae directs the conduct of servicers from afar. In
an e-mail ofFebruary21.2006.Mr. Lavalle expresses his frustration, saying:
I hate to keep using the analogies that you don’t like but it really is
like a Mafia operation. The Godfather [Fannie Mae] says we got a
problem, “take care of it” and the lieutenant [“the servicer”]
orders the hit [foreclosure] and hires the hitman [the USFN or
other lawyer to foreclose].

The hit man and lieutenant don’t want the Godfather implicated so
they create layers of deniability [a typical CIA, white house, legal
and political maneuver] to conceal who the real parties in interest
are and who had knowledge of and ordered the hit.

While Mr. Lavalle is partial to extreme analogies that undermine his credibility, he has become
knowledgeable about the mortgage industry. He has identified significant issues but, in our
view, does not always analyze them correctly. In proposing solutions, he generally undervalues
the benefits to homeowners of efficient mortgage markets operated at low costs and overstates
the needs of borrowers to have information about the status of their loans in the secondary
markets for mortgages. Fannie Mae has already identified and is addressing many of the same
issues. This report details several areas where Fannie Mae faces legal and business issues that
remain to be addressed.

Mr. Lavalle also claims that as a result of this work, he and his family have been
harassed. He expresses considerable anger when he attributes these attacks to Fannie Mae. An
investigation of his personal retaliation claim is in progress; to date Mr. Lavalle has identified no
direct conduct by Fannie Mae that he considers harassing.

We have reviewed more than 1,500 pages of documents provided by Mr. Lavalle
to Fannie Mae or us directly and had 17 conversations with him. We have identified six general
areas of his concerns: (1) foreclosure policies and procedures, (2) transparency, (3) protection of
promissory notes, (4) predatory servicing, (5) fraud detection and reporting, and (6) accounting
and securities issues. Within each area, Mr. Lavalle identifies multiple issues that are detailed in
this report. In investigating these concerns, we have collected documents from Mr. Lavalle,
Fannie Mae and public sources, reviewed extensively eFannie.com, and interviewed at least 30
Fannie Mae employees. The company has fully cooperated in our investigation.
In reviewing Mr. Lavalle’s concerns as a shareholder, we have told Mr. Lavalle
that the proper scope of our investigation is to determine whether he has identified wrongdoing
hy Fannie Mae officials or financial risks of sufficient magnitude to affect materially Fannie
Mae’s financial statements. We cannot resolve every case of an alleged mishandled mortgage.
1. Foreclosure Policies and Procedures

Mr. Lavalle asserts that Fannie Mae’s mortgage servicers and the Mortgage
Electronic Registry System, Inc. (“MERS”) routinely make misrepresentations in foreclosure
proceedings. He has identified two categories of alleged misrepresentations: that MERS or the
servicers are the holders and owners of the defaulted promissory notes, and that promissory notes
are lost, stolen or destroyed.9 He also questions whether foreclosures in the name of MERS or
servicers satisfy state laws on standing to sue. Since Fannie Mae authorizes foreclosures, Mr.
Lavalle argues that Fannie Mae could be liable for these misrepresentations, including for
racketeering violations under federal and state laws, and could risk having foreclosure sales
unwound by the courts. 10

We have found evidence that false statements by foreclosure attorneys are being
routinely made in at least two counties in Florida and appear to be occurring elsewhere.
Apparently due to Mr. Lavalle’s ex parte communications, two Florida judges ordered hearings
to examine MERS’s role in foreclosures. During consolidated hearings that resulted in the
judges dismissing 24 foreclosure actions, three judges (including one who took the time to
observe and comment) criticized MERS for routinely filing “sham” pleadings and “false”
affidavits regarding its interest in promissory notes and supposed lost promissory notes. I I One
judge questioned whether large numbers of foreclosures would have to be reversed due to fraud
on the court.

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Fannie Mae promises to keep families in homes, but instead pressures banks to foreclose

Fannie Mae promises to keep families in homes, but instead pressures banks to foreclose


StopForeclosureFraud received a similar memo from Fannie to GMAC, but this one addressed to JPMorgan Chase [see below]

Feep.com

In early December, a senior executive at Fannie Mae assured members of the Senate Banking Committee in Washington that the mortgage giant was doing everything possible to address the foreclosure crisis.

“Preventing foreclosures is a top priority for Fannie Mae,” Terence Edwards, an executive vice president, told the panel. “Foreclosures hurt families and destabilize communities.”

[FREEP]

“Smoking Gun” letter sent anonymously to SFF.

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Here’s That Devastating Report On Bank Of America That Everyone Is Talking About Today

Here’s That Devastating Report On Bank Of America That Everyone Is Talking About Today


Business Insider published this report yesterday:

Excerpts:

Earlier, we wrote about Felix Salmon’s contention that there’s a new mortgage fraud scandal that has the potential to dwarf Goldman’s ABACUS dealings. In this fraud scenario, banks took advantage of their information advantage and sold CDOs with mortgages they knew to be bad without clear representation to investors.

In August, Manal Mehta and Branch Hill Capital put together a presentation targeting Bank of America’s potential exposure to this mortgage fraud, as well as other problems in the mortgage market.

The presentation comes to a pretty damning conclusion: Bank of America’s exposure could nearly halve its share price.

It’s all about what capital Bank of America has in reserve for the scenario of mortgages having to come back on its balance sheet.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/bank-of-america-mortgage-report-2010-10#ixzz12X9OhENP

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CONFIDENTIAL PRESENTATION

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FL 4th DCA To Review Controversial Switch of Lender Plaintiff, Borrowers Seek To QUASH Judge Sasser ‘Confidential’ Order

FL 4th DCA To Review Controversial Switch of Lender Plaintiff, Borrowers Seek To QUASH Judge Sasser ‘Confidential’ Order


Remember Judge Meenu Sasser? Recently in the Palm Beach Post she said, “I haven’t seen any widespread problem,”…referring to fraudulent foreclosure documents.

The Bender’s should take a look at this similar case…“Cat Out Of the Bag” (Trade Secrets) in CAPITAL ONE, NA v. Forbes, Fla: Dist. Court of Appeal, 2nd Dist. 2010

Foreclosure Crisis

4th DCA to review controversial switch of lender plaintiff

September 22, 2010 By: Polyana da Costa

arret Bender and his wife Gina started a court battle more than a year ago against SunTrust Mortgage, which wanted to foreclose on their Delray Beach house to recoup a $4 million mortgage.

The Benders asked the 4th District Court of Appeal to intervene last week after they came across what many foreclosure defense attorneys call growing and serious problems in South Florida courts — plaintiff substitutions and the increasing use of confidentiality in foreclosures against a backdrop of the muddled world of securitized mortgages.

Lender-plaintiffs have often lacked the documentation to prove they are the actual owner of the mortgage in question. Many loans in foreclosure have been sold in securitized packages numerous times and tracking ownership can be complicated. Critics say judges, overwhelmed by the volume of pending foreclosures cases, have overlooked the critical issue to move cases more quickly, taking away the homeowners’ right of due process.

The Benders filed a petition to quash an order by Palm Beach Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser granting a motion by SunTrust to keep confidential the documents related to the transfer and sale of the Benders’ mortgage. In the petition, the couple also criticized the order that allowed SunTrust to name a new plaintiff to replace itself in the foreclosure action. The order granting confidentiality was decided without a hearing and failed to identify the grounds for making the court records confidential, Fort Lauderdale appellate attorney Laura Watson claims in the petition she filed on behalf of the Benders. Watson did not return a call seeking comment by deadline.

Sasser ordered the documents related to the purchase and servicing of the mortgage be made available to attorneys representing the Benders but otherwise remain confidential. SunTrust claimed in its motion for confidentiality that the documents contained “proprietary commercial information.”

Florida International University law professor Howard Wasserman said the ruling seems unusual since no hearing was held on the confidentiality motion and the justification for granting confidentiality isn’t detailed in the order.

“Ideally, there would be an opportunity for the defense to respond, and you have to have good reason why the records should be confidential,” he said.

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