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NCJ Number: NCJ 230465     Find in a Library
Title: Full Response to an Empty House: Public Safety Strategies for Addressing Mortgage Fraud and the Foreclosure Crisis
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Robert V. Wolf
Corporate Author: Center for Court Innovation
United States of America
Date Published: 05/2010
Page Count: 42
  Annotation: This report presents a detailed overview of the mortgage fraud and foreclosure problem in the United States and successful and effective responses by State and local jurisdictions in addressing the problem.
Abstract: The 21st century has seen foreclosures and mortgage fraud at all-time highs, threatening the stability of entire neighborhoods. In January 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, brought together experts from across the country to examine solutions in recognition of the recent economic trends fueling mortgage fraud, foreclosures, and neighborhood instability. Jurisdictions from Indio, CA, Dallas, TX, Indianapolis, IN, and Baltimore, MD shared their experiences developing comprehensive and collaborative responses. In addition, experts from Miami-Dade County in Florida, Wayne County in Michigan, and Fulton County in Georgia focused on how to identify and respond to mortgage fraud. The result of these series of discussions was a detailed snapshot of mortgage fraud and foreclosures, including their causes, their impact on neighborhoods, and jurisdictions’ responses. Participants agreed that the effects of mortgage fraud and foreclosure are devastating to communities, creating dangerous conditions that fuel crime, lower property values, and foster despair among residents who watch their neighborhoods deteriorate around them. There was also consensus over the importance of action, which transforms into solutions. The report is intended to serve as a guide to government and law enforcement officials across the United States seeking to address these challenges in their communities. 77 notes
Main Term(s): Fraud
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures ; Community involvement ; Crime prevention measures ; Community crime prevention programs ; Fraud and abuse prevention measures ; Crime prevention planning ; BJA grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-DC-BX-K018
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Type: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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