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EXPO 2010: 70% of fraud from solicitors

John Malone, group chairman of PMS, says that 70% of fraud is a result of the legal fraternity.

Speaking about fraud at today’s Mortgage Business Expo, he predicted that there would be a contraction in the number of solicitors in the sector.

He says: “No longer will you have the one minute mortgage – there will only be a handful of solicitors acting on behalf of lenders.”

Malone, who is the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries’ representative on the National Fraud Authority’s mortgage fraud forum, also warned brokers that fraud was being used to fund everything from terrorism to drug trafficking.

He added that it was vital that brokers spoke to clients face to face and advised against using leads inappropriately and as a result risk leaving themselves vulnerable to being exploited by fraudsters.

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  • Big Lund 12th November 2010 at 3:52 pm

    ..the solicitors are at the botton of EVERY mortgage fraud – why? because they are responsible for the contracts – its about time lenders pursued, named, shamed and fined the bad apples in the cart.

  • Jasper 11th November 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Where on earth does John Malone get these figures from?

    What tosh!

    Who gives any credence to this windbag any more? I bet he only got the post on the National Fraud Authority because no-one else wanted it – or to get rid of him.

    It’s time to go into the long grass, John.

  • Keith Curtis 11th November 2010 at 3:45 pm

    So nothing new there. Mortgage Fraud has always needed a creative partnership involving a solicitor and a valuer. This fact is known since time immemorial. Surely we all know that. Brokers and Intermediaries are far too cautious and law abiding generally to lower themselves to the levels of these two august professions!