- 11 Dec
Two Men Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Running Fake Foreclosure Law Firm
A U.S. Senior District Judge sentenced two men to 63 months in prison for running a net of fake foreclosure defense firms. The verdict was handed down to Joseph Hilton and Adam Forman, with Hilton ordered to pay approximately $1.4M in restitution as well as forfeiting another $1.4M, and Forman ordered to pay $600,000, along with other fines and forfeitures.
According to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin Greenberg, the men allegedly set up companies that appeared as law firms and legal referral firms and offered foreclosure defense representation following the 2008 housing market collapse. According to court proceedings, the men operated a total of 9 business offering legal counsel and representation, including a firm in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and 7 law firms within Coral Springs. The two men allegedly represented themselves as a network of over 100 attorneys and used names of legitimate attorneys on documents and court filings, despite neither being licensed to practice law within Florida.
This federal prison sentence follows a suit from the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who filed a case in Palm Beach Circuit Court and included approximately 20 defendants. In the court case, Bondi states that Hilton and Forman posed as lawyers to prey on vulnerable individuals and enlisted young attorneys to act as the face of the nonexistent law firms.
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