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Mortgage fraud investigators need more money

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Amidst the growing occurrence of mortgage fraud in the United States, an industry trade group has asked Congress for additional funding to help fight the crime. In a March 6 letter to Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the Mortgage Bankers Association asked for $6.35 million per year, over a five-year period, of dedicated funding for the FBI's efforts in tracking down and prosecuting mortgage fraud. "This important funding would provide for 30 new FBI field investigators, two new dedicated prosecutors at the Department of Justice to coordinate prosecution efforts with the U.S. Attorney's offices, and $750,000 to support the operations of FBI Interagency Task Forces in the areas with the 15 highest concentrations of mortgage fraud," Regina Lowrie, MBA's chairwoman, wrote in the letter. The FBI in a December press conference said the mortgage fraud is one of the fastest-growing white-collar crimes in the nation, costing the U.S. economy more than $1 billion in losses. There was a seven-fold ...