Massachusetts Attorney General Resolves Case against Harmon Foreclosure Firm

by San Antonio Attorney

In 2010, former Mass.  Attorney General Martha Coakley started a probe into Harmon Law Offices PC foreclosure firm due to alleged violations of eviction and foreclosure regulations.

In 2015, the new State Attorney General Maura Healey resolved the case without the foreclosure firm admitting to, or the Attorney General’s office verdict of, any unlawful activity.   Nevertheless, Harmon settled to give a $66,500 contribution to the Local Consumer Aid Fund of Massachusetts, according to reports.

This case was initially noticed by reporters in 2010 when the foreclosure firm, which is one of the biggest foreclosure companies in the state, filed for court protection to prevent or amend the former attorney general’s attempts to get official documents.  Coakley tried to find out whether Harmon and others complied with the latest Massachusetts regulation at that time which provided protection to occupants of foreclosed properties from being evicted.  She was also investigating if Harmon ignored a court order to inform the state before commencing home foreclosure with mortgages that originated from the former Fremont Investment & Loan, which Coakley sued because of predatory lending practices.

In 2009, Fremont agreed to pay $10 million to the state and stop foreclosure on unfair mortgage loans without consideration to the homeowners.

John L. O’ Brien, chief of Salem’s Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds, was dissatisfied by the settlement of the case.  According to him, Harmon Law could be “robosigning” documents.  Due to concerns of falsified documents, his office no longer receives any document related to housing if it comes from Andrew Harmon.  O’Brien said in an interview that based on his review on several documents, he found that the signatures of Andrew Harmon were not consistently the same and he believes that Harmon did not actually sign them.  He said Harmon is now enlisted at the registry of deeds as one of the robosigners.  O’Brien said that the settlement between the Attorney General and Harmon was “another sweep under the rug.”

There have been 110 complaints filed with the Office of the Attorney General against Harmon since 2010.

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