Supreme Court breathes new life into whistleblower case against Wells Fargo

We should all be grateful to those that dedicate themselves to ensure justice and the Rule of Law remain alive and well.

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With a ruling Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court revived a long-running whistleblower lawsuit that accused Wachovia’s investment bank of violating accounting rules and skirting internal controls to pursue short-term profits.

The Supreme Court vacated a judgment in August 2016 by the U.S. Appeals Court for the Second Circuit that had affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss the case filed by two whistleblowers, including one who had worked in Charlotte.

The high court ordered the appeals court to give the case further consideration in light of a June 2016 Supreme Court ruling that interpreted an aspect of the federal whistleblower law called the U.S. False Claims Act.

“It has obviously breathed new life into our case, which is very important for everyone involved,” said Joel Androphy, a Houston-based attorney representing the plaintiffs. “This has been a very long road.”

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Sometimes You Have to Dig Deeper to Connect the Dots and Get to The Real Truth. Maybe PNC Never Really “Owned” the Loans?

United States District Court, E.D. California.

No. 2:16-cv-01189-MCE-GGH.
February 13, 2017.

pncSome three years later, PNC notified Plaintiff by mail that its SDOT was discharged, apparently due to a settlement agreement PNC had reached with various agencies of the United States government. PNC effectuated that cancellation by sending a 1099-C form approved by the Internal Revenue Service for cancelling a debt. Plaintiff received the Form 1099-C on or about June 29, 2010. According to Plaintiff, because the 1099-C cancelled the amount she owed on the second mortgage, she believed it legally released her from any further obligation to pay Continue reading

USA v. Minas Litos and Adrian and Daniela Tartareanu | 7th Circuit halts fraud restitution, urges fine for ‘reckless’ Bank of America

Wow! Judge Posner gets it! “Posner detailed the bank’s dubious mortgage-lending history during the real-estate bubble leading up to the Great Recession, noting for instance one woman to whom the bank issued six mortgages in a 10-day period. Posner noted that District Judge Philip Simon said during sentencing in this case, “Bank of America knew [what] was going on. They’re playing this dance and papering it. Everybody knows it is a sham because no one is assuming any risk. So what’s wrong with saying they’re [of] equal culpability?””

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The Indiana Lawyer-

Three defendants convicted of wire fraud in the purchase of 16 properties in Gary were clearly guilty of the crimes, but the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday threw out a restitution order against them and urged the district court in Hammond to consider fining Bank of America for “facilitating a massive fraud.”

“The bank was reckless,” Judge Richard Posner wrote in United States of America v. Minas Litos and Adrian and Daniela Tartareanu, 16-1384, -1385, 2248, 2249, 2330. The defendants were convicted of wire fraud, and the 7th Circuit affirmed those convictions, but reversed an order that they pay the bank restitution of $893,015, the amount it claimed was lost in the scheme.

The defendants were convicted on wire fraud charges filed in 2012 for a scheme in which home buyers were provided down payment kickbacks from the defendants after mortgages were secured on…

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Congress wants to hear from YOU! How has Dodd-Frank affected you?

Rep Hill – Read my blog. Dump Dodd-Frank and watch the banks fail. It’s merely a crutch the banks and Fed use for why they can’t succeed…laughable. Get your money out of Wall Street and let ’em go. Then reinstate Rep Gabbard’s NEW and IMPROVED Glass-Steagall.

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Below is a letter from Arkansas Congressman French Hill, a whip at the House Financial Services Committee.  Hill is interested in writing a bill that actually empowers the consumer and small lenders including credit unions called the Financial Choice Act.

Send your emails to :

Subject line: “Dodd-Frank Anecdote.”

Dear Friends,

Much of my professional life was spent in banking, with the last 15 years spent running a community bank in Little Rock. It was here that I saw first-hand the damaging effects the Dodd-Frank Act had on smaller banks and the customers who had traditionally come to us seeking capital and access to credit. In part, this is what inspired me to seek public office and use my 30-plus years in the banking industry to provide sound input in creating financial regulations that make sense for the American people.

At our bank, our primary customers were small business…

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The swamp expands: Steven Mnuchin sworn in as Treasury Secretary


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Despite all the bluster, attempted parliamentary maneuvering, and name-calling from the Democratic party, the Senate voted Monday evening to approve Steven Mnuchin to serve as the next Secretary of the Department of the Treasury.

As expected, the Senate approved Mnuchin in a partisan vote of 53-47, with one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, splitting from his party and voting with the Republican majority.

Read on.

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CitiGroup Whistleblower Richard Bowen: The Immaculate Corruption

The Immaculate Corruption which Treasury Secretary Geithner, under the Obama administration, protected.

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Watch the video here:

Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson: The Immaculate Corruption featuring Richard Bowen. Photo: Sharyl Attkisson

Full Measure News is broadcast to 43 million households in 79 markets on 162 Sinclair Broadcast Group stations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, MyTV, Univision and Telemundo affiliates and streams live Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. ET.

In some markets they are seen more than the cable news competition in that time slot, and by more viewers than CNN, MSNBC, and CBNC combined and equal or surpass the audience size of CBS’ “Face the Nation,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and ABC’s “This Week.” Theyexplore “untouchable topics in a fearless way,” from immigration, terrorism, government waste, national security and whistleblower reports on government and corporate abuse and misdeeds. It is hosted by Sharyl Attkisson, a five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative…

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When the Debtor Holds a Junior Lien: Can a Senior Lien Creditor March On or Is It Stayed?

With a HOA or AOA do homeowners have much “interest” in anything besides the sticks of the unit? Apparently, not. Depending on the state laws and knowing the ways the rehypothecation of the homeowners’ collateral works with the banks, it appears it would be prudent to always file a mortgage lien in the records office… some states, like Hawaii, are first come first served. It appears Banks don’t file mortgage assignments until the homeowner defaults because they are reusing the collateral and merely pledged the note to the securitized REMIC trust, until default.


Invest Vegas, LLC v. 21st Mortgage Corp. (In re Residential Capital, LLC), 556 B.R. 555 (Bankr. S.D. N.Y. 2016) –

A debtor held a note secured by a first priority deed of trust on property that was also subject to a super priority homeowner’s association lien securing delinquent assessments against the property. The HOA foreclosed its lien after the debtor filed bankruptcy. The issue for the bankruptcy court was whether the HOA violated the automatic stay, and thus whether the deed of trust was extinguished by the foreclosure.

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Baltimore Whistleblower Teacher Says ‘All Systems Down’ in City Schools

Expect a lot of this. $3.4 TRILLION of pension funds nationwide gambled away on Wall Street. Investigations need to be launched against finance directors, state & federal government legislators and former administrations and union leaders. Get to the bottom of why these investments were made. Pension funds must be invested in TRIPLE A and LIQUID investments – (non- traditional) mortgages (MBS) are not liquid unless forced into default… school loans (ARS) are certainly not a secure investment and credit cards (ABS) have a history of failure… and we know the TRIPLE A ratings were rigged. Oust the bad guys – including politicians that promoted the derivative investments.

See -Maryland $50 billion in unfunded state and local retirement benefits, study says:

See also: City pension officials spend nearly $100,000 on trips:

Check you state’s pension fund disaster:



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Longtime educator gives an inside view of deplorable conditions and poor learning environment as city officials prepare to layoff nearly 1000 employees to address budget deficit crisis.

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Are Good Foreclosure Defense Attorneys an Endangered Species?

Rebroadcast of THE FORECLOSURE HOUR 12/27/15 National Radio Show

knowledgeA year ago The Foreclosure Hour explained why homeowners nationwide were having such great difficulty finding a knowledgeable foreclosure defense attorney and suggested ways of remedying the problem.

Yet, if anything, as those presently facing foreclosure well know, rather than becoming easier, it is actually even more difficult anywhere to find knowledgeable foreclosure defense counsel. Continue reading

Break up the Big Banks and Hold Wall Street Accountable for Their Risky Investments

We must create a banking system that works for every American—not just Wall Street CEOs—and enact and strengthen reforms that will protect our economy from another massive collapse. Tulsi is a cosponsor of legislation such as the Return to Prudent Banking Act (H.R.381) and the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act (H.R.3711) to help protect Americans from big banks’ roll of the financial dice. To help ensure the financial stability of our nation, Tulsi is continuing to fight against dangerous behavior on Wall Street where investors take big risks on the backs of American taxpayers. She has urged criminal investigations of Wall Street executives who take money from American taxpayers, such as what recently happened with Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest “too big to fail” bank.

“I will always fight against the schemes of Wall Street to make risky investments on the backs of American taxpayers.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard