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Hoffman Law Group Raided by Investigators

Hoffman Law Group

The Hoffman Law Group, in Florida, would help people save their homes in the face of foreclosure. The firm would charge clients thousands of dollars upfront and an additional monthly fee to join dozens of lawsuits created by the firm. Employees of the firm were told to read from a script to entice clients into joining the lawsuits, according to the Huffington Post.

Not too long after joining the lawsuits, clients began seeking justice from the firm. They claim they were bilked out of money they could not afford to pay. The money was used to fund cases that did not have any chances of success.

This week, law enforcement officials raided the firm’s office in Palm Beach. The assets of the firm’s name partner, Marc Hoffman, were also frozen. As the picture in our post shows, a cease-and-desist order was placed by agents on the front window of the firm. The letter says that a legal action was taken against the firm by the Florida attorney general and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The photo is from the Palm Beach Post.

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According to the newspaper’s report, Hoffman and two business associates were named as defendants. The two associates are Benn Wilcox and Michael Harper.

Months ago, former employees told the Huffington Post that the operation was a scam. They said it was designed to take large profits from homeowners who were desperate and who could not even afford the legal fees. The firm never even investigated the claims made by the clients and no meaningful legal assistance was provided.

The law firm was sued on July 9 by the Florida Bar Association. In the lawsuit, the Florida Bar Association claims that leaflets mailed to possible clients by the firm were misleading. The firm was ordered to end its advertising practice in the state of New Mexico by the state’s attorney general. The state also started an investigation into former lawyer Michele Stephens, who turned into a whistleblower.

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  • Cheryl Ollis Payne

    Why weren’t the used clients informed?

  • Charlotte Fall

    Exactly!!! I think we should have been told by someone!

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