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Create new criminal penalties for mortgage fraud

"We will crack down on mortgage professionals found guilty of fraud by increasing enforcement and creating new criminal penalties."

Sources: Speech, "Changing the Odds for Urban America," July 18, 2007

Subjects: Crime, Housing

Updates:

Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act gives new power to prosecute mortgage fraud

Updated: Monday, October 5th, 2009 | By Angie Drobnic Holan

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised increased enforcement for mortgage fraud. The Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act updated definitions in federal antifraud statutes to include mortgage lenders who are not directly regulated or insured by the federal government. Obama signed the law May 20, 2009.

The law also makes it a federal crime to make a materially false statement on a mortgage application or to willfully overvalue a property to influence any action by a mortgage lending business. Previously, the law only applied to institutions directly regulated by the federal government.

We rate this Promise Kept.

Sources:

White House, President Obama Signs the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act and the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act , May 20, 2009

U.S. Government Printing Office, The Fraud Enforcement And Recovery Act of 2009

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