VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filedtwo separate lawsuits Monday against two Virginia Beach-basedmortgage loan modification companies.
His office accused Nationwide Loan Modification Bureau and Real Estate Resolutions of charging illegaladvance fees of up to $1,200 before performing "foreclosure rescue"services for their customers.
The attorney general alleges that the companies violated the Virginia Foreclosure Rescue law .
The Foreclosure Rescue law prohibits a supplier of foreclosureavoidance or prevention services to from "charging or receiving afee prior to the full and complete performance of the services ithas agreed to perform, if the transaction does not involve the saleor transfer of residential real property."
"During these difficult times, the last thing people need is tobe kicked when they are down," Cuccinelli said. "The advance feescollected should be refunded where services have not beencompletely performed. I am pleased that my office has been able toaddress the alleged wrongdoing and I hope these cases will send astrong message that we intend to enforce our foreclosure rescuelaw."
The suit seeks enjoin Nationwide and Real Estate Resolutionsfrom violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and that anymoney be returned to consumers where services were not performedcompletely. The suit also seeks civil penalties of up to $2,500 foreach violation of the act.
On the web:
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
Hampton Fire units arrived at the scene of a residential fire in the 3800 block of Shell Road just after 6 p.m.
One person was able to get out of a Newport News house safely after police say a man fired a gun.