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01/25/10

Ex-Lawyer, 2 Others Arrested in $1.25 Million Loan Modification Scam in California

Christopher Lee Diener, a former attorney, and one of his business partners, Terrence Green Sr., were arrested in Orange County, CA for defrauding more than 400 homeowners seeking loan modifications out of $1.25 million.  A third man, Stefano Joseph Marrero has a $1.5 million warrant issued for his arrest in connection to the scam.

Operating under the names Home Relief Services LLC, U.S. Loan Mod Processing, HRS Communications, The Diener Law Firm and Diener Law Group, Diener, Green, and Marrero collected upfront fees from homeowner with guarantees of relief from foreclosure. 

Phantom foreclosure counseling is one of the most common types of ploys used by scammers to take money from distressed homeowners.  The Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network fully supports the actions of the Orange County District Attorney's Office and Attorney General Jerry Brown in cracking down on these individuals. 

For more information, read The National Law Journal article, "Former Attorney, Business Partners Charged in Loan Modification Scam."