William Barzee: Representing Clients in Mortgage Fraud Cases

Long established as a leading south Florida criminal defense lawyer, William Barzee leads Barzee Flores Attorneys At Law. One area in which his practice has expertise involves mortgage fraud. William Barzee notes that cases of this type are rapidly increasing throughout Miami-Dade County, as prosecutors aggressively seek criminal charges against parties involved in fraudulently transacted real estate deals.

The majority of mortgage fraud cases involve issues such as document falsification, money laundering, fraudulent property transfer, and inflated property appraisal. Other common issues include failure to disclose secondary or primary residence and buyer-seller collusion to mask the property’s true value.

During the years leading up the 2008 financial crisis, fraudulent real estate transactions increased exponentially, as the perceived financial advantages of owning real property led to corners being cut. Knowingly and unknowingly, real estate professionals such as brokers, title companies, loan officers, and investors broke mortgage fraud rules. In addition, inexperienced property owners frequently undertook questionable transactions that subsequently turned out to be against the law.

William Barzee has a consistent track record in representing clients in complex mortgage fraud cases. He is frequently able to have charges lessened or dismissed, and he strives to avoid grand jury proceedings whenever possible.

About William Barzee

Miami native William Barzee has lived, attended school, and worked in the south Florida city his entire life. Attending Coral Gables Senior High School as a teenager, he later enrolled at the University of Miami, also in Coral Gables. During his undergraduate years, he joined various student organizations. He served as a Student Representative to the University’s Board of Trustees and spent time as the President of the student government. William Barzee’s scholastic aptitude earned him memberships in the Iron Arrow Society, the Appeals Committee, and the Honor Council. Finishing his degree at Florida International University in Miami, William Barzee earned a Bachelor of Arts and became a member of a Phi-Lambda national honors fraternity. Returning to the University of Miami at its School of Law to earn his legal degree, he supplemented his studies with a variety of services. Contributing to a national mock trial team, William Barzee also participated as a Finals Review Student Lecturer and Honor Council Student Advocate. He wrote for the University of Miami Law Review and won an American Jurisprudence Book Award before graduating cum laude. Accepting his first career position with the Law Offices of the Public Defender for Miami-Dade County, William Barzee spent over three years as a Special Assistant Public Defender and close to five years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. After a year and a half as a solo practitioner in Miami, he cofounded his criminal law practice Barzee Flores. Located at the Courthouse Center, 40 N.W. 3rd Street Penthouse 1 in Miami, Barzee Flores has represented clients in federal and state cases since 2008. For more information on Mr. Barzee and the law firm, please visit www.barzeeflores.com.
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