Vanessa Fluker was fined a whopping $12,000 by Judge Robert Colombo.
Her crime? Appealing the foreclosure and eviction of a homeowner.
Is the judge trying to shut down the ability of citizens to fight unfair foreclosures?
Wayne County residents rallied to support Fluker's right to appeal at UAW Local 600 on June 2.
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Moratorium Now! Coalition Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4ClosureFraud Web: http://4closurefraud.org/
|Sharon Meadows (l.), president of Jefferson-Chalmers Citizens Council, spoke at hearing|
People are speaking out –
At Wayne County Ways and Means Committee hearing on June 13 dozens of citizens spoke out against foreclosure abuses and for
“Homebuyers were led like sheep to the slaughter… with fraud and deceptive loans.”
— Orlando Washington, loan counselor,
First Financial Education
"You’ve got properties appraised for a third what their mortgages are worth. You have banks that won't let homeowners pay half. Then they sell to someone after the home is stripped down to nothing -- and they will accept 10%.
“Most of us are affected by foreclosures directly or indirectly. if it’s the house down the street, there’s a domino effect."
— Renee Holman, real estate broker
"I used to work for mortgage company – I saw so much fraud. They’re calling people statistics & no longer calling them a person. They have no feeling for the people they throw out."
—Woman who testified at July 13 hearing
"I kept going to court. The attorneys said, ‘Why doesn’t Miss Davis just save her money and move out?’ Next day when I was at work they put a red moving van and dumpster in front of my house. The only way I saved my house was taking it to the streets.”
— Belva Davis, who got her mortgage modified after neighbors and activists called the mortgage company and picketed in front of her home and the bank
“This has been a veritable orgy by the money-lenders. These people are addicted to money. What you do to an addict is to cut them off from their drug – in order to cut them off, you have to stop the foreclosures.”
— Woman from Vacant Housing Committee
in Northwest Detroit neighborhood
|Bob Day, David Sole and Rev. Rowe testified|
“It is not reasonable to support illegal activity... to support people being kicked out of their houses. Hundreds of thousands have been thrown out of their homes because of illegal activity, and not a single banker went to jail. ”
— Reverend Ed Rowe, Central United Methodist Church
“This problem is not going away, it’s getting worse. People are struggling with mortgages of $100,000 for houses that are not worth $10,000.
“Paramount Land Holding bought more than 2000 foreclosed houses in Detroit, many of them for $1. When the banks kick people out, they turn around and throw away homes that families lived in for a dollar.”
— Bob Day, Attorney,
Legal Aid and Defenders Association
"It’s been proven over and over again that all types of fraud, inconsistencies and illegalities have been taking place.”
— Pastor Charles Williams Jr.,
King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church
"It is all the more imperative that we take action in light of the mounting evidence that mortgage companies, banks, and servicers have engaged in a massive crime wave that preys on homeowners, defies due process, and subverts the rule of law.”
— Miguel Foster, Director,
UAW Community Services
Our free legal clinics
helped many homeowners
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The more people speak out, the more confident other people will feel about confronting together mortgage problems they may have thought were just their problem alone.
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