Yet Another Foreclosure “Rescuer” Sued

Allison Tussey —  March 19, 2009 — 9 Comments

Winberg, Lopez, & Rodriguez Company, also known as Wineberg, Lopez & Rodriguez, P.A., and its owners, were sued by the Florida Attorney General for allegedly charging up-front fees for loan modification services to homeowners facing foreclosure.  The lawsuit alleges that the defendants are in violation of Florida’s new Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention law. The company has offices in Orlando, Winter Garden and St Petersburg and advertises using numerous websites.

An investigation conducted by the Florida Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Division revealed that Winberg, Lopez, & Rodriguez allegedly charged as much as $1,995 up-front to homeowners seeking loan modification services related to foreclosures. The lawsuit also alleges other deceptive and unfair trade practices including issues relating to the company’s advertising practices. The Attorney General’s Office has received several complaints about the company.

The lawsuit seeks, restitution on behalf of injured consumers, civil penalties of $10,000 for each violation, a permanent injunction prohibiting Winberg, Lopez, & Rodriguez Company from charging up-front fees, and reimbursement for attorney’s fees and costs related to the investigation. In addition to the lawsuit, Attorney General Bill McCollum has filed a motion seeking to temporarily prohibit Winberg, Lopez, & Rodriguez Company from charging up-front fees while the lawsuit is addressed in court.

The Attorney General continues to review the practices of many companies providing foreclosure-related rescue services to ensure that they are in compliance with the new law.

Homeowners should exercise caution when seeking help to prevent mortgage foreclosure. More helpful hints for homeowners can be found at Consumers affected by these or other practices may file a complaint by visiting the Attorney General’s website at or calling the fraud hotline at 1-866-966-7226.

Attorney General Bill McCollum made the announcement.

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9 responses to Yet Another Foreclosure “Rescuer” Sued

  1. Does anyone no how to reach this people? i got scammed as well and i filed with the Orlando Attorney general Office and its been about 8 months now and i finally fixed my mortage myself but still i want that money back.. Ahh i dont think ill see that again but something needs to be done anyone can be found so find them and if so let me know..

  2. @Wanda….I don’t think so…But still have my fingers crossed and praying cause God don’t like ugly.

  3. I would like to know where they went too. I saw one of their workers myspace she moved to Texas.She had the company down as her work place. I think they all fled. We are still not yet settled with our mortgage yet. We are strapped bad for money and would be nice if we could get it back…in my dreams right….sheeesh. Is there a group of people out there looking for these guys?

  4. I just don’t understand why they haven’t caught up with Wineberg Lopez and Rodriguez. They scammed me and my husband out of $1,995 onlong with alot of other people. Fortunately we fixed our own mortage problem with a 20 min call. So does any one know what’s going to happen if they never get caught. We filed with the attourney generals office. What now? Maybe all that got scammed by them should get together and launch our own investigation on were to find them and report them to the proper authorities. That’s my oppinion any way. United We Stand.Devided We Fall!

  5. People who con individuals out their homes or promise they can stop foreclosure for an upfront fee are scum. These predators take advantage of the situation and think it okay. It is not okay to take advantage of people when they are scare or afraid. More must be done to stop these scam artist.

  6. 888-995-HOPE provides loan modification services to homeowners. This service is FREE to homeowners. They will talk to you about your options, help you with your paperwork and negotiate with your lender. THERE IS NO REASON TO PAY MONEY TO ANY COMPANY TO ASSIST IN OBTAINING A LOAN MODIFICATION!!!! The HOPE Hotline (888-995-HOPE or, on the web at provides these services without charge to homeowners.

    (This is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to and may not be relied upon as legal advice. In the event that you require legal assistance or advice, please contact an attorney in the state in which you are located.)

  7. jose ramos and myrna June 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    winderg and lopez were doing my modification. and they close the doors.
    I dont know if i should start all over
    or get a been 7th mouth that
    i started with them. what should i do….thank

  8. It is totally disgusting how there are individuals out there that actually come up with a business plan to defraud innocent people who are on the verge of losing their homes especially during these difficult economic times.

    That is why I love my job defending against mortgage fraud!

    Fenstersheib & Kaiser attorneys at law

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