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AG sues business for property frauds

Posted at 10:51 AM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 20:14:07-05

The Arizona attorney general is filing a lawsuit against a Tucson business accused of defrauding homeowners facing foreclosure.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a consumer fraud suit against Sonia Hodgin and Hodgin & Co., LLC. Brnovich says Hodgin charged homeowners thousands of dollars to help them with foreclosures, then didn't provide the services.

 "Arizona homeowners who lost their homes to fake foreclosure schemes should immediately file a complaint with our office," Brnovich said in a statement. "This office will continue to fight for vulnerable homeowners who fall victim to fraudulent foreclosure schemes."
 
According to the complaint, Hodgin told homeowners that her business would take over the existing payments on a mortgage in exchange for the deed to the home, then pay the homeowners so they could cover the remaining amount of the loan. Instead, Hodgin didn't remove the homeowners from the loans, causing foreclosures.
 
Hodgin also worked out agreements to sell property to buyers, then kept the money without applying it to the mortgages, also causing foreclosures.
 
Hodgin and her business face up to $10,000 per violation of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. Assistant Attorney General Shanelle Schmitz in the Tucson office will handle the case.