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Mortgage Fraud

United States v. David Maresca, et al.


2023R00765 (In re Synergy Law LLC) 

David Maresca, Sam Babbs III, Scott Marinelli, Terrylle Blackstone

On May 3, 2023, an indictment was unsealed charging the conspirators of a nation-wide foreclosure rescue scheme.  The defendants marketed themselves as a “law firm” whose “attorneys” could help distressed homeowners remain in their homes.  These firms operated through various names: Synergy Law LLC (October 2016 – August 2019); Themis Law LLC (June 2019 – present), and Babbs Law Firm (June 2019 – May 2022). 

The indictment alleges that the defendants promoted their “law firm” to homeowners nationwide with mass marketing techniques—websites, advertisements, and call centers.  They had the victims sign retainer agreements that required the payment of fixed legal fees every month.  The “law firm” then provided no legal services to the victims and, in numerous instances, the victims were forced into bankruptcy or lost their homes to foreclosure.  Many victims have reported that they never spoke to a lawyer.  As of May 3, 2023, the case is pending.

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Updated May 3, 2023