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Read the Mortgage Fraud Fact Sheet.

BJA would like to hear from local and state officials who have developed strategies and successful operations for addressing the growth of problem vacant properties or mortgage fraud. Likewise, we want to hear from jurisdictions that are developing their strategies and would like more information. Please contact us.

Related Information:

Working Group Agenda
"Foreclosures and Crime: A Geographical Perspective"
(Geography and Public Safety Newsletter, October 2008)
Mortgage Fraud in Florida: An Overview (Florida Police Chief, Autumn 2008)
Podcast on Foreclosures and Mortgage Fraud with Ann Fulmer, Vice President, Interthinx, and Robert V. Wolf, Director of Communications, Center for Court Innovation

BJA is offering training and technical assistance (TTA) for state and local agencies and organizations that need help in their efforts to prevent, investigate and prosecute mortgage fraud and crimes associated with vacant properties. BJA has established a consortium of national TTA providers with the expertise to respond to a variety of training and technical assistance needs. The consortium consists of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the St. Petersburg College Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI). Available TTA resources include the following:

  • NW3C offers a 3-day, face-to-face training on mortgage fraud to investigators and prosecutors, to help them effectively deal with mortgage fraud cases. NW3C will also connect investigators and prosecutors with subject matter experts to help answer case-related questions.
  • CPSI provides a variety of training opportunities to criminal justice professionals, first responders, and the community. For mortgage fraud, CPSI provides an on-line resource for law enforcement and code compliance officers on how to combat problems in their communities due to the increase in foreclosed and abandoned properties.
  • NCPC, through its nationally-recognized experts and master trainers, offers a training course to discuss the leading causes of abandoned and foreclosed property crime and mortgage fraud. The training includes using comprehensive Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles to address neighborhoods that are plagued with abandoned properties and foreclosed homes. The CPTED-based strategy is tailored to include law enforcement, city government, and leaders in each community.
  • NDAA sponsors a series of 1-day and 3-day training courses for state and local prosecutors engaged in the investigation and prosecuting mortgage fraud. NDAA also will provide resources and case assistance to prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals pursuing these mortgage fraud and vacant property crime cases.?

To request help with training and technical assistance, go to www.nw3c.org/mortgagefraud/.

Catherine McNamee
Policy Advisor
202-123-4567
E-mail: Catherine.McNamee@usdoj.gov

Full Response to an Empty House: Public Safety Strategies for Addressing Mortgage Fraud and the Foreclosure Crisis, (NCJ 230465), Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 2010. This report provides an overview of law enforcement and government responses to mortgage fraud, foreclosure, and abandoned property, drawing on focus groups sponsored by BJA in January 2009. The focus groups brought together representatives from Indio, CA, Dallas, Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Miami, as well as researchers, policymakers, and advocates from financial, housing, and law enforcement organizations.
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Mortgage Fraud, This factsheet discusses funding that was awarded to state and local agencies to address the mortgage fraud problem. Activities conducted by state and local site-based grantees include assessing risk factors for mortgage fraud, investigating reports of mortgage fraud, issuing search warrants and subpoenas, assisting with indictment of defendants, securing restitution for victims, identifying new techniques for preventing mortgage fraud, and offering community outreach and training on issues related to mortgage fraud.
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More BJA Publications

Mortgage Fraud Virtual Conference
On April 10, 2013, BJA and OVC partnered with the National Crime Prevention Council to present the Mortgage Fraud: Protecting Homeowners, Empowering Victims virtual conference. See the conference page to access resources and presentation information.