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Crumbling like a house of cards

Crumbling like a house of cards

A New York woman has been arrested for posing as an attorney while working for a now-defunct loan modification company.

Meredith Dulberg, 36, of Farmingdale was charged with practising as an attorney without a license while working at The Tempelton Group in Westbury.

She is also charged with two felony counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for appearing in Nassau County small claims court as the company’s attorney, police said.

“I am confident that when all the facts and evidence come to light, Meredith Dulberg will be vindicated,” her attorney Joe Giradi said.

Let’s hope karma doesn’t come back to bite her on her justice scales with a fake attorney representing her.

This won’t be the first arrest from The Tempelton Group. As they say the apple doesn’t fall from the tree.

The company is facing ongoing investigations for cashing in on borrowers' vulnerabilities by charging an average of $3000 for its services and sucked clients in with a mostly-radio advertising campaign that cost up to $60,000 a month.

 

What's in a name?

Caught doing the wrong thing? Just change your identity and they won’t find you. That’s what this loan modification company thought.

Initially led by founder William Wanek, the core staff of 30 operated under the name All Island Capital in 2010.

Then it changed to Claremont Funding in 2011, before settling on Tempelton in 2012.

Dulberg has friends. At least two other employees were banned by a state Supreme Court judge in Nassau from working or associating with any loan modification company, as part of another suit against another loan modification business, according to police.

Under state law, “distressed property consultants” are not allowed to charge upfront fees. Attorneys who offer loan modification services as part of their law practice can charge fees upfront, something that they would normally charge for legal services.

But Tempelton did charge upfront fees, even as it was about to shut shop.

The company head honchos would then cash in the homeowners’ cheques at cheque-cashing businesses. Wanek, and the sales team that snared the client, would split the moolah.

But they just forgot to do any actual work for the homeowners.

According to a software program they use, Tempelton showed only 118 borrowers out of 2200 clients qualified for loan modifications.

But even those clients got modifications through their own negotiations with lenders.

And then employees would dodge calls and give excuses to angry, distressed clients, who, unfortunately, can’t go home again.

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