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.