McCollum sues foreclosure rescue company
TALALHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on Friday filed a lawsuit against a Kissimmee-based home foreclosure company over allegations it violated the state's Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Act.
The lawsuit alleges JPB Consulting, Inc., and its president, Juan P. Bordali, targeted Hispanics, charging them up-front fees in upwards of $1,000 per customer but then never performed any service.
The State launched an investigation that revealed the company, along with Bordali, targeted low income Hispanics through print, radio and television ads, according to McCollum.
"Preying on people about to lose their homes and tricking them into believing that genuine help is being offered is cause for outrage" McCollum said.
The investigation also revealed in February that Bordali had been advised by a law firm that he was breaking state law, according to McCollum.
The lawsuit asks for the company's dissolution along with requesting the defendants permanently barred from charging up-front fees and failing to provide service.
The state is also seeks civil penalties of $15,000 per violation, full victim restitution, and reimbursement for the cost of the state's investigation and court fees.