Florida homeowners foreclose on bank

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Here’s a new one: two Florida homeowners tried to foreclosed on a bank last week after being stiffed on $2,534 in legal fees. According to CBS affiliate WINK-TV, Bank of America spent five months ignoring a Collier County judge’s orders to pay the legal expenses incurred by Golden Gate Estates homeowners Maureen and Warren Nygerges, when it wrongly tried to foreclose on them almost two years ago. The Nygergeses had paid in cash for their home and proved it in court, but when Bank of America never paid up, their attorney had sheriff’s deputies show up at the bank branch with moving vans in an attempt to seize assets until the money was paid. “I instructed the deputy to go in and take desks, computers, copiers, and filing cabinets, including cash in the drawers,” said foreclosure attorney Todd Allen. The branch manager was understandably alarmed. “Having two Sheriff’s deputies sitting across your desk, and a lawyer standing behind them, demanding whatever assets are in the bank can be intimidating. But, so is having your home foreclosed on when it wasn’t right,” Allen said. Ultimately, Bank of America wrote a check and apologized for the delay, and no furniture was actually taken. “As a foreclosure defense attorney, this is sweet justice,” Allen said. [CBS News/WINK-TV]