Bryan Cohen Oct. 19, 2012, 5:49pm

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced a lawsuit on Tuesday against National Foreclosure Solutions LLC, a Virginia Beach-based mortgage loan modification company that allegedly charged consumers illegal fees for its services.

NFS allegedly violated the Virginia Foreclosure Rescue law by charging advance fees in connection with services to prevent or avoid foreclosure. The law prohibits foreclosure prevention service suppliers from receiving or charging a fee before the full performance of the services they agreed to perform if the transaction does not involve the transfer or sale of residential real property.

"We will not tolerate foreclosure rescue companies taking advantage of homeowners in desperate straits by charging advance fees in violation of the law," Cuccinelli said. "My office remains committed to protecting Virginia consumers."

Cuccinelli's office filed the suit in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

The lawsuit requests that the court enjoin NFS from violating the Foreclosure Rescue law and that any money collected in violation of the law be returned. Additionally, the lawsuit requests that NFS pay civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation, costs of up to $1,000 per violation and attorney fees.

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