Tuesday, March 9, 2010

KFI AM640 News Still Silent on Infinity Group Services, Inc. (IGS)


****UPDATE:  Chris Little emailed me to confirm that KFI has reported on the story but doesn't recall when they reported on it.****
After I had heard about the OC DA going after IGS, I contacted KFI news director Chris Little to find out why KFI News was not reporting on IGS and the charges.  Usually, Chris Little responds quickly to my inquiry.  This time he didn't.  I emailed him December 23, 2009 and then emailed Bill Handel along with Chris Little February 8, 2010.  To date, no one at KFI has mentioned the story.  It is frustrating that KFI AM 640 will not report that their own news sponsor in 2008 and 2009 is now charged with fraud after screwing 165 homeowners and trying to screw me out of $995!

Here is the text from the Orange County District Attorney's Office:

"LOAN MODIFICATION COMPANY PRESIDENT ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF DEFRAUDING 165 DISTRESSED HOMEOWNERS


Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release
Case # 09CF2919
January 28, 2010
Contacts: Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718
Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486
 SANTA ANA – The president of an Irvine loan modification company was arraigned today for defrauding and victimizing 165 distressed homeowners out of $177,000 by fraudulently promising to save their homes in exchange for an up-front fee. Kahram Zamani, 37, Laguna Hills, is charged with 165 felony counts of grand theft with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime for taking more than $100,000. If convicted, Zamani faces a maximum sentence of 113 years in state prison. The defendant is out of custody on $100,000 bond and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing March 18, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Between February 2008 and December 2009, Zamani, a licensed real estate broker, is accused of owning and running Infinity Group Services (Infinity), a loan modification company that targeted distraught homeowners. The company was formerly known as Hope to Homeowners, named to mislead victims into believing it was part of the 2008 program launched by the Bush Administration, “Hope to Homeowners,” which aided struggling families with mortgage payments by refinancing their existing home loan.

Zamani is accused of soliciting clients through radio ads. He is accused instructing his employees to make promises to consumers, knowing the promises were false, that the company could obtain a home loan modification or loan forgiveness in exchange for an up-front fee of $995. The defendant is accused of also instructing his employees to make false promises that they could secure low-interest rates on a modified mortgage loan, offer full refunds if a loan could not be modified, and stating that Infinity had a 98 percent success rate in obtaining loan modifications.

After the consumer paid the up-front fee, they were rarely able to contact the Infinity employee handling their case. When the consumer made contact with the Infinity sales representative handling their case, the Infinity employees are accused of giving misleading information about the progress of their modification request, charging an additional fee in order to secure the promised interest rate, and telling homeowners that the new rate would not be honored without payment of the additional fee.

This case has been a collaborative effort between the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA), California Department of Real Estate (CDRE), and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In August 2009, the FTC filed a civil complaint in federal court seeking a temporary restraining order, the freezing of assets, and a preliminary injunction. In November 2009, CDRE filed a formal accusation charging the defendant with violations of real estate law, and today filed an order against Zamani to desist and refrain from further fraudulent practices.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Ron Frazier at (714) 347-8691. Victims may also download a complaint form from the OCDA’s website at www.orangecountyda.com.

Deputy District Attorney George McFetridge of the White Collar Crime Team is prosecuting this case."

2 comments:

  1. Bastards! Jerry Brown's office was on this thing fast. We got letters at the station regarding any loan modification companies that might be on the air. They had a list of three different companies that were advertising on tv and radio up and down the state. We weren't running any ads from the three on the list but have satellite shows that had ads in them and it was a big investigation.
    You were working with one of the three.
    I'm sorry to hear that.

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  2. Do you have copies of any of those letters? I would love to put those up and sink some teeth into them!

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JOE DIMAGGIO

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I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you
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Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

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