Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-8) has requested that the Florida Supreme Court halt all foreclosures involving three firms under investigation for document fraud. In a letter to Chief Justice Charles Canady, dated September 20, 2010, Congressman Grayson highlights the issue of illegal foreclosures.
In the letter, Congressman Grayson wrote, “Taking someone’s home should not be done lightly. And it should certainly be done in accordance with the law.”
Three foreclosure mills – the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, Shapiro & Freeman, and the Law Offices of David J. Stern – constitute roughly 80% of all foreclosure proceedings in Florida. All three are under investigation by the Attorney General of Florida. “I respectfully request that you abate all foreclosures involving these firms until the Attorney General … has finished his investigation of those firms,” Congressman Grayson requested of Chief Justice Canady.
The Congressman’s letter highlights a foreclosure case in Jacksonville, which a judge dismissed with prejudice. In the ruling, the judge excoriated Chase, WAMU, and Shapiro and Fishman for document fraud on the court. In the case, Chase attempted to foreclose on a home, when it did not actually hold the mortgage note.