Lender to Pay $4.2 Million to Settle Alleged False Claims Act Violations

(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) –  A Southfield mortgage lender has agreed to pay $4.2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act in its origination of loans backed by the federal government.

GTL Investments, Inc., doing business as John Adams Mortgage Company (JAMCO), reached agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan to resolve allegations that it originated mortgage loans that had material underwriting deficiencies. The loans were guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration.

The FHA makes home financing available by insuring residential mortgages for the purchase of properties with modest down-payments for purchasers meeting certain criteria, known as underwriting standards. The original lender or loan originator is responsible for making sure that the borrower meets these underwriting standards to minimize the possibility of default and the need for the FHA to pay the mortgage holder for the losses caused by the default.

An investigation by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that GTL originated 31 FHA mortgage loans between January 2008 and April 2012 that had material underwriting deficiencies. Twenty-nine of these loans went to claim, causing the FHA damages of $2,445,912. The investigation also identified two loans that had not yet been presented for payment by the FHA with approximately $250,000 in potential losses. GTL has agreed to indemnify the FHA for these two loans.

“By holding accountable lenders who fail to comply with underwriting requirements, we hope to send a message to all lenders that they must comply with government standards for federally insured loans,” McQuade said.

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Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, an online real estate, mortgage broker, and vocational school founded in 1997, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational and post-secondary school instructor licenses in several states and has authored numerous real estate continuing education and pre-licensing courses and has been awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center's CDEi Designation for distance education. Memberships include ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials), the National Association of REALTORS®, Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®. Awards and service include REALTOR® Emeritus in the National Association, Life Member award in Portland Metro Association and Chairperson of the Oregon Real Estate Forms Committee. OnlineEd® provides real estate, mortgage broker, insurance, and contractor pre-license, post-license, continuing education, career enhancement, and professional development and designation courses over the Internet.