Authorities say a lawyer and his business stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from more than 100 people in Michigan that were facing mortgage foreclosures.
Tuesday’s deadline for thousands of Wayne County residents facing foreclosure has now been extended.
Gilbert has filed a preemptive lawsuit claiming the Department of Justice is trying to force a cash settlement for something he didn’t do.
New laws signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December cut interest rates from 18 percent to 6 percent for homeowners behind on their taxes, reduced down payments to get into plans and put a cap on overall past due taxes.
More than 60,000 of Wayne County’s 76,000 foreclosed properties are in Detroit. Teams of volunteers will visit District 7 homes on the foreclosed property list.
About 76,000 Wayne County properties are in foreclosure, including 62,000 in Detroit.
Mayor Mike Duggan said the bills allow 20,000 Detroit homeowners the ability to avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.
The county is in the process of sending roughly 80,000 property owners notice that their property is subject to foreclose.
A bill designed to give some relief to Michigan homeowners in financial duress over delinquent tax bills has cleared a major hurdle.
Just after Memorial Day the city will auction “fourteen houses a week, because we feel like there is enough demand there,” said Duggan.