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More Stories of Loan Shenanigans and The Weekend Poll

The accusations of mortgage-related fraud just keep coming. In Thursday's Post there's a report by the Post's Kafia A. Hosh about Ashburn real estate agent Diane H. Frederick Atari, 42, who was charged with multiple counts of mortgage fraud, money laundering and racketeering. According to the story, Atari got people approved for home purchases in Loudoun or Fairfax counties by artificially boosting their credit scores or inflating their incomes. Lenders could be out about $50 million--and Atari is nowhere to be found. Authorities say she may have left for Jordan, where her ex-husband has relatives. Speaking of which, the Post's Derek Kravitz also reports that one of her ex's distant relatives may be Loudoun restaurateur Osama El-Atari, who also has disappeared, leaving tens of millions of dollars of debt--and an empty $3.8 million house in Ashburn--behind.

Weekend reading: Mara Lee has details on a way you can get the money to fix up that foreclosure you want to buy and make it habitable for your family. And Gabe Goldberg writes about the rare occasion when you want a police officer or firefighter knocking at your door.

The Weekend Poll

This is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of Washington Post users as a group or the general population.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  July 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Foreclosure , Mortgages , Poll , Weekend Poll  
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