Fraud victims, including one from Johnson County, who paid for but didn’t get help with mortgage payments or stopping foreclosure are getting money from the state.
Homeowners’ losses ranged from $595 to $3,500 and totaled more than $40,880, according to a news release from the state attorney general’s office. The state is paying homeowners amounts equal to their losses up to $3,000. A fraud victim from Johnson County is getting $3,000.
The state is providing more than $32,940 from the state’s consumer protection assistance fund to 18 residents from Allen, Elkhart, Hamilton, Johnson, Marion, Marshall and St. Joseph counties.
The homeowners were victims of fraudulent foreclosure consultants who charge high upfront fees and say they will help homeowners reduce their monthly mortgage payments or stop foreclosure. The 18 people paid the fees but didn’t receive services or refunds of their payments, the release said.
“The consumer protection assistance fund provides relief for consumers who are victims of fraud and assist my office in bringing legal actions against those that prey on consumers,” Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in the release. In 2013, the attorney general’s office filed 41 lawsuits against foreclosure consultants.