Accused foreclosure scammer just a patsy?

20140716-172426-62666610Attorney Marc Hoffman says his life was “in the toilet” before loads of money started pouring in from an alleged foreclosure relief scam — then, he felt like a “Rockefeller.”

Hoffman’s North Palm Beach firm, the Hoffman Law Group, was shut down by U.S. Marshals in July.

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Hoffman is accused scamming 1,200 homeowners nationwide with a mass-joinder lawsuit scheme.

In court this week, the receiver charged with overseeing the company described Hoffman as “a befuddled frontman” for an operation led by marketing experts, “a former Florida public defender charged last year for possession of crack cocaine” and “an Alabama attorney siphoning clients into his own side business for $600-a-pop,” according to the Palm Beach Post.

“Hoffman Law was owned by Marc Hoffman although, as will be discussed below, the firm was not controlled by Hoffman,” wrote Akerman attorney Mark Bernet, who was appointed receiver by United States District Judge James Cohn. “He had only a vague notion of the nature of the lawsuits that the firm filed. He was not invited to attend weekly meetings to discuss the business.” [Palm Beach Post]Christopher Cameron