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Mortgage Fraud & Bank Fraud

Experienced South Carolina Attorney Defending People Charged with Mortgage and Bank Fraud


Obtain assistance from a mortgage fraud lawyer

There are many ways in which people can be accused of mortgage fraud, and often these charges come as a result of error or misleading advice from banks and mortgage companies. Mr. Swerling has more than 40 years of experience representing people charged with fraud in South Carolina. He has a reputation for doing everything it takes to obtain a positive result for his clients, including drawing on some of the top consultants and experts available to obtain the necessary evidence to succeed in your case.

What is mortgage fraud?

Mortgage fraud refers to obtaining loans from banks or mortgage agencies by concealing information about the property. In these cases, the defendant is typically the person seeking the loan, and the plaintiff is the lender, agency or insurer. Defendants must seek representation from a federal defense attorney to effectively fight for their rights.

What are some common types of mortgage fraud?

Mortgage fraud generally falls into one of two categories: fraud for profit, in which the offender tries to claim the property is worth more than it is, and fraud for housing, in which the offender commits fraud to maintain or acquire property ownership. Within these areas, there is a variety of more specific mortgage fraud types, including:

  • Illegal property flips: The property is purchased, falsely appraised at a much higher value and then sold quickly for profit.
  • Air loans: In these mortgage loans, there is no underlying security, which means that lenders have no collateral.
  • Foreclosure schemes: In a foreclosure scheme, the alleged perpetrator misleads the homeowner into believing that for the price of the property’s deed and other fees, the perpetrator can save the property.
  • Backward applications: In this case, a borrower customizes his or her income so that it fits the criteria of the loan.

There are many other specific types of mortgage fraud schemes, each of which has unique defense strategies.

Contact a bank fraud lawyer for representation today

To learn more about defending yourself from charges of mortgage fraud, wire fraud and other South Carolina white collar crimes, contact the office of Jack B. Swerling Attorney at Law. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 800-701-0599 or contact the firm online. Attorney Swerling serves clients all across South Carolina for a wide range of fraud and criminal defense matters.

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  • Jack Swerling, Derrick Mobley and Alissa Wilson were successful in having a Judge rule after an extensive hearing, that the defendant was immune from prosecution based on the “Stand Your Ground” law in a murder prosecution. The Judgment was handed down on March 29, 2021.
  • Jack Swerling, Gregory Harris and Alissa Wilson obtained a Not Guilty Verdict in Lexington County on March 3, 2022. An Orthopedic Surgeon was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of a friend.
  • “When Jack is on my docket, I tell my law clerks, ‘You do not want to miss this. You are seeing one of the greatest trial lawyers in the state’s history.'” -South Carolina Circuit Court Judge
  • Jack was selected to Super Lawyers Magazine Top Ten List for 2019. Each year Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in South Carolina via a selection process involving peer evaluations, independent research and professional achievement. The South Carolina lawyers who receive the highest points during this selection process are further recognized in the South Carolina Super Lawyers Top Ten List.
  • USA v. FRANK*: In a child pornography case, Swerling was successful in obtaining a 22 level variance reducing the defendant’s sentence from 8 years to 6 months.
  • STATE v. BORIS: The defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a case where the defendant was involved in a shoot-out with 3 police officers.
  • STATE v. TYGER: Jack Swerling obtains a not guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case in Beaufort County.
  • Pre Trial Dispositions: STATE v. DWAYNE: Mr. Swerling successfully argued for the dismissal of stalking and unlawful use of telephone charges brought against a prominent businessman in Florence County.
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