A notorious law firm, United Law Group, based in Irvine, CA was shut down today (March 11, 2010) by the FBI after a raid on their offices by the FBI, Irvine Police and other governmental agencies.
Apparently, this isn’t the first time one of the managing partners has been in trouble. The United Law Firm and its two attorneys, Robert Buscho, Bar No. 122556 and Sean Rutledge, Bar No. 255938 were under investigation by the California State Bar this past year. Rutledge later surrendered his law license under increasing pressure from the weight of the investigation.
Russell Weiner, California Bar Interim Chief Counsel said, “The number of attorneys using their law licenses to essentially take money from unwary but trusting consumers is astounding,” Weiner added. “There are literally thousands of victims who have lost money they could not afford to lose. Under the circumstances, the need for public information and protection is paramount.”
United Law Group was advertising loan modification, auditing and foreclosure rescue services. Unfortunately for the homeowners who have been scammed, United Law Group was taking money from people and not delivering on their promises. Very sad for all the homeowners who paid good money after bad.
I know a few people who had been referred to ULG and they were not getting returned calls and nothing had ever happened on their case as they reported. You’d think that an attorney would have a higher ethical standard but there a bad attorneys just as there are bad banks and greed seems to be highly pervasive these days. Buyer/homeowner beware. Ask lots of good questions before you part with your dineros.
California consumers having a problem with the attorney handling their loan modification may contact the State Bar at 1-800-843-9053 or visit the State Bar’s Web site at www.calbar.ca.gov to find a complaint form.