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Freedom Mortgage fined $4 million

Freedom Mortgage Faces Another Penalty for Inaccurate Loan Data Submission

In the world of real estate and mortgage lending, Freedom Mortgage has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The company, which has been labeled a “repeat offender” by regulators, is once again facing penalties for submitting inaccurate loan data.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a federal watchdog agency, recently announced that Freedom Mortgage is facing a $3.95 million penalty for submitting “error-riddled” mortgage loan data to federal regulators. This is not the first time the company has been in hot water with the CFPB – just last year, Freedom Mortgage was fined for its involvement in an illegal kickback scheme.

CFPB Director Rohit Chopra has not minced words when it comes to Freedom Mortgage, calling them out as a repeat offender that has ignored requirements to submit accurate data. The CFPB is determined to hold the company accountable for its actions and has imposed strict guardrails to prevent future violations.

This latest penalty is just the tip of the iceberg for Freedom Mortgage, as it follows a history of issues with the CFPB. In 2019, the company was fined $1.75 million for intentionally reporting inaccurate information on mortgage loan data, and in August 2023, they were fined for paying illegal kickbacks to real estate brokers and agents.

Despite these setbacks, Freedom Mortgage continues to operate as a nonbank mortgage loan originator based in Boca Raton, Florida. The company reported data on over 700,000 mortgage loan applications in 2020, highlighting the significant impact they have on the real estate market.

As the saga of Freedom Mortgage unfolds, it serves as a cautionary tale for other companies in the industry. Compliance with regulations and accurate reporting are essential to maintaining a fair and competitive home lending market. The CFPB is keeping a close eye on companies like Freedom Mortgage, and they are not afraid to enforce penalties to ensure accountability.

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