On October 29, 2018, the United States together with the United States Attorney’s Office filed a complaint in United States v. Advocate Law Groups of Florida, P.A. (M.D. Fla.), a HUD election and pattern or practice case. The complaint alleges that Advocate Law Groups of Florida, P.A., Jon B. Lindeman, Jr., and Ephigenia K. Lindeman discriminated against Hispanic homeowners because of their national origin in violation of the Fair Housing Act. Specifically, from 2010 to 2015, the defendants deliberately targeted complainants and other homeowners because of their Hispanic national origin for an unfair and predatory loan modification and a foreclosure rescue service scheme. The defendants instructed complainants to cease contact with their lenders or servicers and to stop making mortgage payments. The defendants collected upfront fees and charges of about $8,420 to $18,500 from each complainant, but the defendants did not obtain the promised loan modifications nor stop the foreclosures.
Case Open Date:
Monday, October 29, 2018
United States v. Advocate Law Groups of Florida, P.A. (M.D. Fla.)
Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
USAO - Florida, Middle
Updated November 6, 2018