• Feds Pick On Poor And Powerless

    The “mortgage fraud” defendants dragged into the grand federal courtrooms at 219 S. Dearborn St. are not bankers, but instead are “realtors, loan originators, ‘straw buyers’ and, occasionally, lawyers.” Chicago criminal defense lawyer and DePaul University Adjunct Professor of Law Leonard Goodman made that assertion in a September 13, 2011 piece for the newsmagazine In These Times. Goodman claims, “Many of the folks taking the rap for the mortgage mess here in Chicago are minorities. Nearly all are poor and politically powerless.”

    Goodman’s piece noted how press releases from the U.S. Attorney’s Office speak of a coordinated effort against the perpetrators of mortgage fraud, but then also notes how Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi reported “that the Securities and Exchange Commission has been captured by the financial criminals it is charged with investigating.” Furthermore, Goodman also mentioned a National Public Radio appearance by former litigation director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board during the S&L crisis, William K. Black, in which he “lamented that the major culprits of today’s crisis have gotten off scot-free.”

    A majority of Goodman’s piece, however, revolves around the sad tale of 52-year-old former train conductor Calvin Townsend, who attended a seminar on how to use other people’s good credit to invest in property with no money down and over the next two years used straw buyers to purchase 21 homes. Townsend lost everything after the housing market collapsed in 2007 before being indicted for mortgage fraud “together with 20 others on the bottom rung of the mortgage mess” in 2008.

    Goodman concludes that “the moneyed interests own at least two branches of our federal government-the ones that make the laws, and the ones that enforce the laws,” but you should know that if you are also struggling through hard times as a result of the mortgage mess, you do have options. If you need to eliminate bills and stop foreclosure, our firm can supply you with the Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy information you need to maximize the benefits of filing. Whether you need assistance with car repossession or wage garnishment, our law firm can assist you in completing a bankruptcy means test to eliminate bills and stop foreclosure. Contact one of our Chicago bankruptcy lawyers today to help get a fresh start on your finances and a new chance at living debt free and credit rich.

    Benjamin Brand Services – Chicago bankruptcy attorneys

  • Unfit Finances Shuts Down Lakeshore Athletic Club’s Power

    Already facing a nearly $27-million foreclosure suit, the Lakeshore Athletic Club had its power shut off by Commonwealth Edison Co. due to an unpaid bill, Crain’s Chicago Business reported on September 12, 2011. A notice posted on the club’s door said the gym was closed due to “electrical and financial problems,” but Crain’s reported that the health club has failed to pay a ComEd bill of more than $200,000.

    The club was appraised well below its debt outstanding at just $7.6 million in April, Crain’s reported. Speculation about the future of the prime location near Millennium Park was sparked in April 2010 when Lakeshore was hit with a $26.9-million foreclosure suit after its owner, a venture led by brothers Walter and Jordon Kaiser, stopped making loan payments.

    Crain’s reported that the Kaisers also previously owned Lakeshore Athletic Clubs in Lincoln Park, Streeterville and River North, but closed the River North location in 2007 and the Streeterville club in 2009. The Lincoln Park gym ran into loan trouble as well and was sold in December.

    You do not need to be on the treadmill at a gym to work up a sweat when you need foreclosure help , but one of the surest ways to shed the debt weighing you down is to file for bankruptcy . Our Chicago bankruptcy attorneys can be a personal trainer for your finances, helping you get deserved relief today and end creditor harassment. We can reduce the amount of heavy lifting involved in filing a bankruptcy means test and slim down your debt to eliminate bills and stop foreclosure.

    Benjamin Brand Services – Chicago bankruptcy lawyers