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William A. Roper, Jr.
Virginia law firm Shapiro & Burson was removed from the Freddie Mac Designated Counsel list for Maryland and was Freddie suspended the firm from taking on any new business for the GSE in Virginia.  The story was reported in the Baltimore Sun today:

Baltimore Sun:  "Shapiro & Burson no longer a Freddie Mac recommended foreclosure law firm", by Lorraine Mirabella and Jamie Smith Hopkins (March 31, 2011)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-shapiro-burson-freddie-20110331,0,3141219.story


The Freddie Mac Designated Counsel list is available online at:

http://www.freddiemac.com/service/msp/pdf/desigcounsel.pdf


Fannie Mae continues to use this ethically challenged foreclosure mill law firm.
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Brindy
Sorry for the duplicate post (seperate message) - looks like everyone is on the ball with the latest news.



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William A. Roper, Jr.
The ABA Journal article is an important addition to the discussion of this story:

ABA Journal:  Freddie Mac Pulls Foreclosure Files from Another Law Firm, by Mutual Consent By Martha Neil (Posted Mar 31, 2011 2:24 PM CDT)
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/freddie_mac_pulls_foreclosure_files_from_another_l aw_firm_by_mutual_consent/
http://www.abajournal.com/news/

 

Brindy's other thread on this topic is:

 

Freddie Mac pulls files from another law firm (03/31/11 05:07 PM)

http://ssgoldstar.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=5165636

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William A. Roper, Jr.
It seems appropriate to repost here the link to the affidavit of Jose PORTILLO, the former Shapiro & Burson employee whose revelations seemed to be a critical catalyst for the investigation in Prince Georges County:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/50479932/Full-Affidavit-of-Jose-Portillo-of-Shapiro-amp-Burson


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Well if Shapiro is doing it in Virginia, his nation wide LOGS network of mills are also doing it!
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William A. Roper, Jr.
The recently filed suit Smalley v Shapiro Burson, LLP, seems to belong (or at least fit) in this thread:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/53028575/Smalley-v-Shapiro-Burson-LLP-et-al


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William A. Roper, Jr.
Jamie Smith HOPKINS of the Baltimore Sun continues to keep us abreast of foreclosure fraud developments in the Baltimore area:

Baltimore Sun: "Foreclosure attorneys called in to answer to judge"
In Baltimore and elsewhere, questions arise about which signatures are genuine and which aren't
(May 9, 2011)
By Jamie Smith Hopkins
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-05-09/business/bs-bz-foreclosure-documentation-heari20110509_1_problematic-foreclosure-paperwork-foreclosure-attorneys-affidavits

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Continuing with the Shapiro and Burson story:

Accuser sits in on foreclosure hearing in Baltimore City Circuit

Midway into Monday morning's show cause hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Special Master Elizabeth A. Ritter paused to ask if anyone in the gallery was a party to any of the foreclosure cases on the docket.

Two men spoke up.

The first was John Burson, managing partner of Shapiro & Burson LLP, the Virginia-based law firm under scrutiny for several signature irregularities in its foreclosure filing process in Maryland in recent years.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4183/is_20110523/ai_n57567547/

Also ...

Cummings presses regulator on law firm handling Maryland foreclosures

June 01, 2011|By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is asking the agency overseeing Fannie Mae why the mortgage financier is letting an embattled law firm handle its Maryland foreclosures despite problems documented by sister company Freddie Mac http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-06-01/business/bs-bz-shapiro-burson-complaint-20110601_1_maryland-foreclosures-equivalent-of-court-testimony-processing-foreclosures

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