LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has charged Damian Kutzner and four attorneys with allegations of taking millions of dollars from homeowners through false claims.
“Preying on homeowners who already are financially distressed and struggling to pay their mortgages is appalling,” Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said. “That’s why stopping phony mortgage relief operations, like this one, is a priority at the FTC.”
According to the FTC, the attorneys used a set of law firms under the names Brookstone Law and Advantis Law to trick consumers. The defendants allegedly would tell consumers that they could join a so-called “mass joinder” lawsuit that could save them from foreclosure. The FTC believes that this mass joinder lawsuit is a ruse used by mortgage relief scams.
The defendants in the case are Damian Kutzner; Vito Torchia Jr.; Jonathan Tarkowski; R. Geoffrey Broderick; Charles T. Marshall; Brookstone Law P.C., doing business as Brookstone Law Group, a California corporation; Brookstone Law PC, doing business as Brookstone Law Group, a Nevada corporation; Advantis Law P.C.; and Advantis Law Group P.C.
The FTC charged the defendants with violating the FTC Act and the FTC’s Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule (MARS Rule) and Regulation O.