I usually don't rely on the media for facts.   But every now and then I see something that I hadn't noticed before - brought to my attention. 

Yesterday I watched a report on 60 minutes that spoke about home foreclosure and the fraud the banks are conducting, in order to evict people from their homes.

Some of this shit will amaze, and disgust you. 

I'm going to copy paste the link to the article about the 60 minutes episode here for you to read.  You should really look into  Lynn Szymoniak's work, and the evidence she's collected.  She is a lawyer who specializes in document and contract fraud, and is also the victim of this housing crisis.;cbsCarousel

For those who don't want to read all of those pages, I'll give you a few quotes:

Szymoniak's mortgage had been bundled with thousands of others into one of those Wall Street securities traded from investor to investor. When the bank took her to court, it first said it had lost her documents, including the critical assignment of mortgage which transfers ownership. But then, there was a courthouse surprise.

"They found all of your paperwork more than a year after they initially said that they had lost it?" Pelley asked.

"Yes," she replied.

Asked if that seemed suspicious to her, Szymoniak said, "Yes, absolutely. What do you imagine? It fell behind the file cabinet? Where was all of this? 'We had it, we own it, we lost it.' And then more recently, everyone is coming in saying, 'Hey we found it. Isn't that wonderful?'"

But what the bank may not have known is that Szymoniak is a lawyer and fraud investigator with a specialty in forged documents. She has trained FBI agents.

She told Pelley she asked for copies of those documents.

Asked what she found, Szymoniak told Pelley, "When I looked at the assignment of my mortgage, and this is the assignment: it looked that even the date they put in, which was 10/17/08, was several months after they sued me for foreclosure. So, what they were saying to the court was, 'We sued her in July of 2008 and we acquired this mortgage in October of 2008.' It made absolutely no sense."

Curious, she used her legal training to go online and research 10,000 mortgages.

"I often, because of my training, look for patterns. And then I began to find the strange signatures," she explained.

One of the strangest signatures belonged to the bank vice president who had signed Szymoniak's newly discovered mortgage documents. The name is Linda Green. But, on thousands of other mortgages, the style of Green's signature changed a lot.

And, even more remarkable, Szymoniak found Green was vice president of 20 banks - all at the same time.

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