INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced a lawsuit against a Carmel-based foreclosure consultant for allegedly taking $1,200 from an out-of-state consumer and failing to provide services.

Statewide Financial Assistance Corporation and owner Ashley Grant allegedly collected an upfront fee from a Washington state resident and then failed to obtain a home-loan modification for the consumer or provide a refund. The defendants allegedly violated the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act, the Home Loan Practices Act, the Mortgage Rescue Protection Fraud Act and the Credit Services Organization Act.

"This is a unique and rare case because it involves an Indiana company taking advantage of an out-of-state homeowner - the opposite of what we regularly investigate," Zoeller said. "I believe that's because Hoosier hospitality is not extended to scammers and illegitimate businesses."

Since 2006, Zoeller's office has filed 130 lawsuits against foreclosure consultant companies throughout the state. The case against Statewide Financial is one of only a few lawsuits filed against a foreclosure consultant based in Indiana. No victims have come forward regarding the conduct of Statewide Federal Assistance Corporation in the state of Indiana.

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