On July 24, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a consent order against Sovereign Lending Group, Inc. (Sovereign), a California corporation that is licensed as a mortgage broker or lender in about 44 states and the District of Columbia. The Bureau found that Sovereign violated the CFPA’s prohibition against deceptive acts and practices, the MAP Rule, and Regulation Z.
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On July 24, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a consent order against Prime Choice Funding, Inc. (Prime Choice), a California corporation that is licensed as a mortgage broker or lender in about 35 states and the District of Columbia. The Bureau found that Prime Choice violated the CFPA’s prohibition against deceptive acts and practices, the MAP Rule, and Regulation Z.
On July 15, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit in federal district court in the Northern District of Illinois against Townstone Financial, Inc., a nonbank retail-mortgage creditor based in Chicago. The Bureau alleges that Townstone violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act; its implementing regulation, Regulation B; and the Consumer Financial Protection Act.
On July 13, 2020, the Bureau filed a complaint in the federal district court for the Central District of California against GST Factoring, Inc., which runs a student-loan debt-relief business in Texas, and two of its owners, Rick Graff and Gregory Trimarche, as well as Champion Marketing Solutions, LLC, a customer service and marketing company, and its owner, Scott Freda. The Bureau also filed suit against four attorneys, California attorneys Amanda Johanson and Jacob Slaughter, Arizona attorney David Mize, and Florida attorney Daniel Ruggiero.
On July 7, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau settled with Timemark, Inc., a company based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, that provides debt-relief services to consumers with federal student-loan debt, and with its owners and officers, Timothy Lenihan, Sr., Mark Nagler, and Casey Gassaway.
On July 6, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit against My Loan Doctor LLC, a Delaware financial-company operating in West Palm Beach, Florida and New York City and doing business as Loan Doctor (Loan Doctor), and its founder, Edgar Radjabli.
On June 23, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau settled with Harbour Portfolio Advisors, LLC (Harbour); National Asset Advisors, LLC (NAA); and National Asset Mortgage, LLC (NAM), companies that worked together to issue contracts for deeds to consumers.
On June 2, 2020, the Bureau announced a settlement with Main Street Personal Finance, Inc. and its subsidiaries.
Commonwealth Equity Group, LLC (d/b/a Key Credit Repair); Nikitas Tsoukales (a/k/a Nikitas Tsoukalis)
On May 22, 2020, the Bureau and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey jointly filed a lawsuit against Commonwealth Equity Group, LLC, which does business as Key Credit Repair, and Nikitas Tsoukales (also known as Nikitas Tsoukalis), Key Credit Repair’s president and owner.
On May 11 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) issued a consent order against Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC (SLS), a mortgage-loan servicer in Colorado.