FinCEN: 2010 Mortgage Fraud Report

by Jonathan Foxx
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On March 28, 2011, FinCEN issued its Mortgage Loan Fraud Update (Report) for the period January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.

This update to FinCEN's prior Mortgage Loan Fraud (MLF) studies looks at Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filings in CY 2010, with a particular emphasis on the 4th Quarter of CY 2010 (Q4). It provides new information on reporting activities, geographic locations, and other filing trends in Q4 and CY 2010.

As in previous updates, this update also includes tables and illustrations of various geographies that compare Q4 and CY 2010 filings based on the dates on which the suspicious activities are reported to have begun.

A review of the full year data shows the number of suspicious activity reports (SARs) involving mortgage loan fraud (MLF) increased 4 percent in 2010 to 70,472 compared with 67,507 MLF SARs filed in 2009.

The report also shows that the growth rate of MLF SARs began to slow over the last two to three years. Looking at just the 2010 fourth quarter, filers submitted 18,759 MLF SARs, a 1 percent decrease from the 18,884 filings over the same period in 2009.

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