Fla. AG Pinches Loan Mod Firm

Orland, Fla.-based firm Wineberg, Lopez & Rodriguez Co. has been barred by the Orange County Circuit Court in Florida from charging borrowers up-front fees in relation to foreclosure prevention initiatives, according to the office of state Attorney General Bill McCollum.

McCollum's economic crimes division, which began investigating the company in February, filed a lawsuit against Wineberg, Lopez & Rodriguez earlier this month. The company also does business as Winberg, Lopez & Rodriguez Co.; Wineberg, Lopez & Rodriguez; and Wineberg, Lopez & Rodriguez PA.

The crimes division alleges that the company, which has reportedly charged consumers up-front fees as high as $1,995, has violated the Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Act, which became law last October. The law prohibits loan modification companies from charging advance fees.

The injunction against Wineberg, Lopez & Rodriguez will remain in effect until the resolution of the case, McCollum's office says. No further hearings are set at this time.

SOURCE: Office of Attorney General Bill McCollum

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