The Real Deal Miami

Another Florida law firm accused of foreclosure fraud

But the Tampa-based attorney claims he was coerced by "goons"
November 03, 2014 03:00PM

bergerlawgroup_1396911761_140Yet another Florida law firm is facing a lawsuit for allegedly duping homeowners across the country into signing up for expensive and ineffective lawsuits against their banks. But the Tampa-area attorney, Ian Berger, claims he was bullied by “goons in California” into continuing the scheme.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Connecticut Department of Legal Affairs sued Berger and his firm for charging $6,000 in up front fees and $500 per month to homeowners seeking foreclosure help, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The lawsuit names multiple entities, including the Berger Law Group, The Resolution Law Group and the Resolution Law Center. Also named are Tampa attorney Ian Berger, Connecticut attorney Robert Geoffrey Broderick, California resident Gary DiGirolamo and Tampa resident David Friedman.

“Despite not being attorneys, (DiGirolamo and Wright) created and implemented the business model of the law firms,” Attorney Mark Bernet, of Akerman LLP, wrote. “They were able to do this, in large part, by dominating, bullying and deceiving Broderick and Berger, the attorneys, neither of whom have strong personalities.” [Palm Beach Post] – Christopher Cameron