The Real Deal Miami

Ex-foreclosure mogul faces trial over company’s alleged fraud

Lawyer says Stern is a scapegoat

David Stern (Credit: Bill Warner)

The Florida Bar trial began this week for David J. Stern, the onetime foreclosure mogul and attorney facing legal misconduct and fraud charges over his Plantation-based home repossession company.

Jeff Tew of Miami-based Tew Cardenas, who represents Stern, said his client is a scapegoat and referred to the attorney general’s probe as “bogus.” The 83-page complaint, filed in Broward County, claims that one of Stern’s top-ranking workers allowed her name to be signed by others and was rewarded with high pay and a new car. Tew argues that Stern, who had 1,500 employees at one point, can’t be expected to know all of their moves. His company was one of the biggest so-called “foreclosure mills” in Florida before it closed in 2011. It was hit with allegations of forgery and notary fraud.

The trial kicked off with three judges serving as witnesses, each of which had filed complaints.

The attorney general’s investigation halted last year when the Florida Supreme Court upheld a ban that prevented the state from relying on the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act against the firm. [Palm Beach Post]Mark Maurer


    I think it was about time that the Florida Bar went after Florida’s Foreclosure King, Mr. David Stern. I don’t have any hope in the legal system anymore nor do I expect that Judge Perez will do much about this. The fraudclosure lawyers, the pretender lenders and the Bangksters all in in bed together. Why wasnt anyone from the TV, Radio and Media present at the trial which lasted a week. Where are the headlines? The charges were quite serious yet you are the only one reporting this. As far as Atty. Jeff Tew, from Tew and Cardenas, what a CLOWN. Sorry Clowns, I mean no disrespect for your profession. G d help us all. THERE IS NO TRUST IN BANKS AND LAWYERS IN THIS COUNTRY ANYMORE….NOW, JUDGES, DONT EVEN GO THERE.