In 2002, an accountant in Boca Raton, Florida, named Joseph Lents was accused of securities-law violations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Lents, who was chief executive officer of a now-defunct voice- recognition software company, had sold shares in the public company without filing the proper forms. Facing a little over $100,000 in fines and fees, and with his assets frozen by the SEC, Lents stopped making payments on his $1.5 million mortgage.
Housing prices in the U.S. will fall a further 5 percent in the next year before the bottom as the government plans to sell foreclosed properties to investors, according to Laurie Goodman of Amherst Securities Group LP.
Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and three other banks that settled a nationwide probe of foreclosure practices this month will get a bonus from the deal: protection for $308 billion of home-equity loans they hold.
Virginia Valencia earns $12 an hour working the morning shift at Tesla Motors Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, California, where she serves food and drinks to the staff and billionaire co-founder Elon Musk.
Freddie Mac’s $500 million of risk- sharing debt sold yesterday may not give the firm as much protection against homeowner defaults as policy makers seek, according to Amherst Securities Group LP and Deutsche Bank AG.