The CFPB takes action against real estate kickbacks

Julie C. Nichols General

CFPB Press Release

Homebuilder required to turn over profits from kickbacks funneled through sham mortgage companies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today ordered a Texas homebuilder, Paul Taylor, to surrender more than $100,000 he received in kickbacks for referring mortgage origination business to Benchmark Bank and to Willow Bend Mortgage Company. The Bureau is also prohibiting Taylor from engaging in future real estate settlement services, including mortgage origination.

“Kickbacks harm consumers by hampering fair market competition and by unnecessarily increasing the costs of getting a mortgage,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The CFPB will continue to take action against schemes designed to let service providers profit through unscrupulous and illegal business practices.”

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