The Top 10 States for Mortgage Fraud

A new report says incidents are at an all-time high.

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In a report released Monday, the Mortgage Asset Research Institute outlined the top ten states for mortgage fraud in 2008:

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From the press release:

Reported incidents of mortgage fraud in the U.S. are at an all-time high and increased by 26 percent from 2007 to 2008 according to a new report released today by the Mortgage Asset Research Institute (MARI®), a LexisNexis® service…

The report found that, for the first time, Rhode Island ranked first in the country for mortgage fraud with more than three times the expected amount of reported mortgage fraud for its origination volume. This is also Rhode Island's first appearance on the MARI report Top-Ten list, indicating a problematic and overlooked mortgage fraud problem in the state. Florida, ranked first in 2007 and 2006, dropped to second place and is followed by Illinois, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Michigan, California, Missouri and Colorado. The report was presented during MBA's annual National Fraud Issues Conference in Las Vegas…

"With fewer loan originations today, the data suggests that the economic downturn may have created more desperation, causing more people than ever before to try to commit mortgage fraud," said Denise James, LexisNexis Risk & Information Analytics Group director of Residential Mortgage Solutions. "Not only are we seeing traditional fraud trends, such as application fraud, but we are also seeing new types of emerging fraud occur," said James. "It is therefore imperative that the mortgage industry continue to share information and insights, and collaborate in the fight against mortgage fraud."

Also from the report:

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