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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Files Mortgage Fraud Lawsuit Against Golden First Mortgage Corp. and David Movtady for Fraudulently Certified Loans

blog.seattlepi.comApr 7, 2013

By Rita R. Robison

Suit Alleges Practice of Fraudulent Loan Certification Resulting in at Least $12 Million in Losses on FHA-Insured Loans

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Helen R. Kanovsky, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”), and David A. Montoya, Inspector General of HUD, announced today that the United States has filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against GOLDEN FIRST MORTGAGE CORP. (“GOLDEN FIRST”), and its owner, operator, and president, DAVID MOVTADY. The Government’s Complaint seeks damages and civil penalties under the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (“FIRREA”) for years of misconduct in connection with GOLDEN FIRST’s participation in the Federal Housing Administration’s (“FHA’s”) Direct Endorsement Lender Program. The Complaint alleges that GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly approved loans since 2002 that should never have been federally insured.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As alleged, Golden First and David Movtady churned out bad loans and lied about their compliance with HUD requirements, leaving taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars when the loans inevitably defaulted. This Office continues its work to hold the perpetrators of mortgage fraud accountable, as this latest complaint demonstrates.”

HUD General Counsel Helen R. Kanovsky said: “Our program depends on lenders properly originating FHA loans and certifying their compliance with our rules. Today’s complaint should send an unmistakable message that we will use the False Claims Act to protect working families and FHA’s insurance fund from allegedly unscrupulous lenders.”

HUD Inspector General David A. Montoya said: “The alleged utter disregard and willful failure to abide by the standards set by the FHA make this one of the worst examples of mortgage fraud that I have seen since becoming Inspector General. My office will continue its dedicated efforts to protect the integrity of FHA’s mortgage insurance program. Safeguarding HUD’s programs from exploitation and ensuring that they are managed with honesty, competency, and stewardship is our commitment to the public we serve.”

The following allegations are based on the Complaint filed today in Manhattan federal court:

GOLDEN FIRST was a participant in the Direct Endorsement Lender Program – a federal program administered by FHA – from 1989 until 2010. MOVTADY was the owner, president, and operator of GOLDEN FIRST from 1979 until 2010. As a Direct Endorsement Lender, GOLDEN FIRST had the authority to originate, underwrite, and certify mortgages for FHA insurance. If a Direct Endorsement Lender approves a mortgage loan for FHA insurance and the loan later defaults, the holder of the loan may submit an insurance claim to HUD for the costs associated with the defaulted loan, which HUD must then pay.

Under the Direct Endorsement Lender program, HUD relies on lenders to properly review, underwrite, and certify loans before they are endorsed for FHA insurance. Direct Endorsement Lenders are required to follow HUD’s program rules, including certifying mortgages and maintaining a quality control program that can prevent and correct any deficiencies in their underwriting. The quality control program requirements include maintaining a program independent of the lender’s business units; disclosing to HUD, within 60 days of initial discovery, all loans containing evidence of fraud or other serious underwriting problems; and conducting a full review of all loans that go into default within the first six payments GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY failed to comply with all three of these basic requirements.

Since 2002, GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY failed to maintain a quality control program independent of the company’s business units even though HUD expressly warned the company in 2005 that its quality control plan failed to conform to HUD requirements. Closing and selling loans trumped quality control, as GOLDEN FIRST employees closed loans at rates inconsistent with any semblance of due diligence, paid employees to expedite loan approvals, and spent minimal time on underwriting. GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY also did not meet their obligation to disclose to HUD all loans containing evidence of fraud or other serious underwriting problems. The defendants failed to pass on to HUD any such reports even though the default rate on the company’s loans exceeded 75% in 2008 and the company’s contractor advised it of significant deviations from HUD guidelines. In addition, GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY failed to conduct a full review of loans that defaulted within the first six payments, even though in 2008 nearly one of every three loans underwritten by GOLDEN FIRST defaulted shortly after closing. Notwithstanding these failures, MOVTADY fraudulently certified that GOLDEN FIRST “conforms to all HUD-FHA regulations necessary to maintain its HUD-FHA approval.”

In addition, GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY engaged in a regular practice of originating and underwriting FHA loans that GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY knew should have never been approved. GOLDEN FIRST certified that more than a thousand FHA loans met HUD’s requirements and were eligible for FHA insurance. In some instances, MOVTADY personally performed the underwriting and provided false certifications that the loans conformed to HUD’s requirements. Despite these certifications, GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY knew that the company’s underwriters routinely failed to perform basic due diligence, failed to verify information in the loan file that bore directly on the borrower’s ability to make payments on the mortgage, and repeatedly certified mortgage loans that contained serious defects and departures from HUD’s underwriting standards. The extremely poor quality of GOLDEN FIRST’s loans stemmed from GOLDEN FIRST’s and MOVTADY’s determination to increase volume and profits irrespective of the quality of the loans being originated.

As a result of GOLDEN FIRST’s and MOVTADY’s refusal to truthfully advise HUD of its failures to comply with HUD requirements, their false certifications to HUD, and their approval of loans that should never have been approved, FHA has paid more than $12 million in insurance claims on loans underwritten by GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY since July 2007. Claims for millions of additional dollars in defaulted loan obligations have not yet been, but likely will be submitted to HUD, and will likely result in additional Government expenditures stemming from defendants’ fraud.

The Complaint seeks treble damages and penalties under the False Claims Act, as well as FIRREA penalties for millions of dollars in insurance claims already paid by HUD for mortgages wrongfully certified by GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY. In addition, the United States seeks compensatory damages under the common law theories of gross negligence, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty for the millions of dollars in insurance claims that HUD has paid, and expects to pay in the future, for mortgages wrongfully certified by GOLDEN FIRST and MOVTADY.

The case is being handled by the Office’s Civil Frauds Unit. Mr. Bharara established the Civil Frauds Unit in March 2010 to bring renewed focus and additional resources to combating financial fraud, including mortgage fraud.

The Civil Frauds Unit works in coordination with President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, on which Mr. Bharara serves as a Co-Chair of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group. The task force was established to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices and state and local partners, it’s the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud. Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions and other organizations. Over the past three fiscal years, the Justice Department has filed nearly 10,000 financial fraud cases against nearly 15,000 defendants including more than 2,900 mortgage fraud defendants. For more information on the task force, please visit www.StopFraud.gov.

Mr. Bharara thanked HUD and HUD-OIG for its assistance in this case. He also expressed his appreciation for the support of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division in Washington, D.C.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lara K. Eshkenazi and Lawrence H. Fogelman are in charge of the case.


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