Natalie James, a Maryland-based mortgage consultant with Mortgage Help Now, is facing felony charges for allegedly depositing mortgage payments from a client into her personal account. An NBC Washington report revealed that the homeowner's mortgage company has no records of 22 payments purportedly made to James.
"Leonie Bond of Bowie, Brenda Johnson of Woodstock and a woman who didn’t want to be identified said family and friends referred them to James," according to the report.
"The women say James asked them to pay money upfront and promised to personally contact their lenders and negotiate loan modifications on their behalf, but Bond and the unidentified woman said they received notices they were losing their homes. When they contacted their mortgage companies to find out why, the companies said they had never heard of James or Mortgage Help Now."
The Maryland Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation opened an investigation after the television station contacted them regarding the three homeowners.
"I would put the folks that prey on the vulnerable populations in the category of scammers," Commissioner Tony Salazar said, according to the report.
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