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Mortgage fraud cases often complex; civil trial currently underway

A lot of investigation and finger pointing by federal and state authorities across the country has taken place in the wake of the nation’s celebrated housing market collapse of recent years. That crash, the most serious housing crisis to beset the country since the Great Depression, resulted in a sharp downward spiraling for home values across the United States, including for many thousands of Missouri residents.

Charges of mortgage fraud and related types of fraudulent activity have been a central component of probes into the collapse, with a number of individuals and companies being accused of wrongdoing. In such cases, federal and state prosecutors hit hard, bringing the government’s extensive investigatory powers to bear against corporate and individual actors accused of harming investors and homeowners.

It goes without saying that any defendant in fraud-related litigation has a strong need for proven and aggressive legal defense, given the nature of white collar investigations and prosecutions. The evidence in such matters is often highly complex, and authorities have been particularly zealous about bringing such cases in recent years.

Much of that prosecutorial momentum has been created by and tracks authorities’ strong focus on Wall Street, since alleged crimes associated with large banks and some traders have been outsized in their magnitude and repercussions.

In 2010, for example, mega banking firm Goldman Sachs settled a mortgage fraud case with the SEC involving collateralized debt obligations for $550 million.

It has been far less common for the agency to proceed against individuals in the area of mortgage fraud, although a case receiving wide media attention commenced just yesterday in a New York federal court against a former Goldman Sachs trader.

Missouri and other states’ residents alleged to have participated in fraudulent activity face a strong arsenal of government power and have a legal right to be presumed innocent unless convicted. An experienced St. Louis fraud defense attorney will work hard to protect a suspect’s legal rights and fully promote his or her interests in any white collar fraud matter.

Source: CNN Money, "Wall Street's 'Fabulous Fab' heads to trial," Aaron Smith, July 14, 2013

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