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