No Mortgage, Still Foreclosed? Bank of America Sued for Seizing Wrong Homes
Three homeowners sue Bank of America for foreclosing on the wrong homes.
Jan. 25, 2010 — -- Some 2.8 million homeowners faced the threat of foreclosure last year, but it wasn't supposed to happen to Charlie and Maria Cordoso. In 2005, the New Bedford, Mass. couple paid in full -- in cash -- for a house in Springville, Fla., and rented it out with plans eventually to use the home as a retirement getaway.
They said they were shocked to learn earlier this month that Bank of America had locked them out and removed their clothing and furniture from the property.
"All the love I put in that house -- I fix things up every time I go there," Charlie Cordoso, a construction worker, told ABC affiliate WCVB Boston. "Bank of America or somebody should apologize."
The Cordosos, Portuguese immigrants who are in their 50s, are now suing Bank of America for allegedly seizing the wrong home, and they're not alone: Two other homeowners, one earlier this month in Texas and another last October in Kentucky, also have filed lawsuits alleging that Bank of America attempted to foreclose on their homes even though the bank did not own or service mortgages for the properties.
Bank of America has yet to file a response to the Cordosos' claim and to the Texas claim, in which the homeowner alleges that the bank cut power to his property during the faulty foreclosure, leaving it reeking of fish, which were stored in his refrigerator and freezer. (The homeowner had left 75 pounds of fish at the home after a successful fishing trip to Alaska, according to the lawsuit.)
Bank spokesman Rick Simon said in an e-mail to ABCNews.com that the bank has reached out to the Cardosos' lawyers and hopes "to have the opportunity to work with them to properly assess and address their allegations."
The bank believes that the Texas and Kentucky cases, however, "have no merit," Simon said, and the bank blames others for the errors.
In the Kentucky case, Bank of America was a co-defendant along with a Kentucky corporation that also allegedly worked on the foreclosure. In that case, the bank filed a document claiming that any "injuries or damages" alleged by the homeowner were the result of "negligence caused by entities and/or persons for which BofA is not responsible."
Meanwhile, a local contractor hired "to secure the property for Bank of America" has accepted responsibility for the mistake in Texas, Simon said.