AMERICAN PROPERTY OWNERS NETWORK, INC.
James L. “Larry” Nemec, President
Thomas Kibler, Vice President
C. Ann Chin, Secretary/Treasurer
Leo Blas, Board Member
OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BIDEN AND VICE-PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRISDear President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris:
American Property Owners Network, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation organized in the State of Wisconsin and operating as a 501(c)(4) entity upon notice to the Internal Revenue Service. Our Board members are located in various states from Alaska to Virginia and Minnesota to Florida. Our purpose is to advocate for justice for homeowners who have been unlawfully dispossessed or are facing unlawful dispossession of their homes throughout the nation by the use of false and forged documents created to make it appear that purported claimants in judicial and non-judicial foreclosure states are entitled to the remedy of foreclosure.
As we are sure you are aware, over ten million Americans have lost their homes to foreclosure since 2007. The issue with the majority of the foreclosures is that the foreclosure claimants are not the real parties in interest with a beneficial interest in the alleged indebtedness. Mortgage foreclosures are proceeding based on fraudulent documents created by third-party vendors or employees of debt collectors calling themselves “servicers” and acting for their own pecuniary advantage on behalf of undisclosed beneficiaries.
On behalf of the constituency for which we advocate, we want to know, now that you have been elected, what would you do to stop these ongoing crimes and provide justice to the millions of homeowners who lost their homes based on fraudulent documents created by participants in the fraudulent foreclosure scheme?
Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, Inc. is one of a number of servicers, some of which are federally chartered national banking associations, which engage in unlawful foreclosure practices. See for example, see Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Attorney General,the State of Florida, Department of Legal Affairs, and Office of Financial Regulation, the State of Florida, Division of Consumer Finance, Plaintiffs, v. Ocwen Financial Corporation; Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, Inc.; and Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC Defendants, currently pending in the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach Division as Case No. 9:17-CV-80495 and Case No. 9:17-CV-80496 in which the consolidated Complaints allege, for example, at ¶177:
177. Ocwen has engaged in unlawful foreclosure practices. Ocwen has long touted its ability to service and modify distressed loans, claiming, “helping homeowners is what we do.” In fact, Ocwen has failed to accurately maintain foreclosure-related information necessary to ensure that it provides borrowers with required foreclosure protections. As a result of these and other failures, Ocwen has wrongfully initiated foreclosure proceedings and wrongfully conducted foreclosure sales.
Many of your constituents are victims of unlawful foreclosure practices that have embroiled them in seemingly endless litigation designed to exhaust their financial and emotional resources until they give up or are (almost always) defeated in the judicial system. As a result of the fraudulent practices of which our Board members and their nationwide information network have substantial evidence, millions of Americans have lost their homes. The 2008 financial crises inevitably contributed to the destruction of family units, serious health issues including untimely deaths, and in too many cases, homelessness. A foreclosure is a one-time event, but for many families, it’s something that never ends, wrecking years of their lives and the hopes they once had. Further, hundreds and thousands of people could have been saved from illegal foreclosures if the regulatory agencies and law enforcement authorities had followed the law.
On August 5, 2020, the first episode of the new docu-series, The Con, premiered. It is free for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XGZ7F3IPY8. The entire first season of The Con, consisting of five (5) episodes is available at https://www.thecon.tv/watch. We encourage you to watch the five (5) part first season.
At the end of the first episode of The Con, there is a panel discussion. William Black, a former bank regulator during the Savings and Loan Crisis of the 1980s and 1990s and white-collar crime expert, explained that the fraud scheme in which many mortgage loan originators fit a pattern which regulators can recognize. Chris Swecker, head of criminal investigations for the FBI between 2004 and 2006, also participated in the panel discussion at the end of the first episode of The Con. When he investigated the bank fraud, he was ordered to stop. A Congressional investigation into the Financial Crisis of 2008 recommended 11 criminal indictments of Wall Street bankers. The Department of Justice refused to prosecute.
In The Con, Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota is also shown opposing the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act protections, but the Clinton administration was allowed to push de-regulation of the banks through Congress. Clinton’s Treasury Secretary, Robert Rubin supported de-regulation and then joined the Board of Directors of Citigroup, which was the first beneficiary of the repeal of Glass-Steagall because the merger of Citicorp with Travelers Group which was undertaken in violation of the Glass-Steagall Act.
Just as de-regulation of the savings and loan institutions resulted in the Savings and Loan Crisis of the late 1980s into the 1990s, the de-regulation of the banking industry led to the Financial Crisis of 2008 which became the Residential Foreclosure Crisis of 2009 and continuing. The rest of the story is still being written.
Our constituency is well-informed about the failures of federal and state regulatory agencies and law enforcement which have allowed this nation’s homes to be fraudulently foreclosed for the benefit of undisclosed third parties.
We invite you to respond to this Open Letter with your proposal for protect the interests of homeowners who have the right to be free from the use of false documents to take their homes for debt that they do not owe. Please send your response to us at our email address. Your campaign’s response to the concerns expressed in this letter will be posted on our website and will be shared with other concerned organization for further publication.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
AMERICAN PROPERTY OWNERS NETWORK, INC.