The office of Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has launched three new investigations into allegations of unfair and deceptive actions by Florida law firms handling foreclosure cases. The attorney general's Economic Crimes Division is investigating whether improper documentation may have been created and filed with Florida courts to speed up foreclosure processes, potentially without the knowledge or consent of the homeowners involved.
The new investigations name The Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson PA; Shapiro & Fishman LLP; and the Law Offices of David J. Stern PA.
On numerous occasions, allegedly fabricated documents were presented to the courts in foreclosure actions to obtain final judgments against homeowners, McCollum's office says.
McCollum is also investigating whether the law firms created affiliated companies outside the U.S. where the allegedly false documents are being prepared and then submitted to the law firms for use.