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Fighting for Ana Lazara Rodriguez’s Home

Ana RodriguezIn Florida, a lender must go to court to foreclose its mortgage. The lender files a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of the county where the property is located. The lender has no right to take your home until they obtain a judgment of foreclosure and writ of possession from the Court.

On Wednesday February 17th, we filed an emergency motion to stop the foreclosure eviction for 82-year-old Miami resident Ana Rodriguez from her home of 26 years. This is part of a 2-year effort by the community to support the former Cuban political prisoner and help her keep her home.

We are still fighting for her home. The most recent update: we have to raise a $100,000 bond immediately in order to delay the eviction so we can present her case.

You can read the latest in the Miami Herald here. If you want to help save Ana Rodriguez’s house, we are collecting donations here.

More News Coverage

She survived Castro’s prisons for 19 years. But will she be able to escape eviction? – Miami Herald

Woman fighting to keep longtime Miami home that Bank of America has foreclosed on and re-sold – Local 10

Ex presa política en Cuba a punto de ser desalojada de su casa en Miami – Telemundo

 

The Backstory

The emergency motion explains that Bank of America was the mortgage servicer who filed the foreclosure against Ms. Rodriguez using fake evidence in 2009. Ana took a predatory subprime loan that Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., sold to millions of elderly and first time borrowers from communities of color. Bank of America later bought Countrywide and became responsible for all those loans.

It was a ticking time bomb set to default.

When it defaulted, Bank of America filed the foreclosure using fake evidence. They attached a robo-signed mortgage assignment to their first complaint, and then a forged rubberstamp endorsement to their second complaint.

What’s worst — Ana’s case is just the tip of the iceberg as there is evidence Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase engaged in this systemic foreclosure fraud in Florida, Hawaii, Ohio, and every judicial foreclosure state in the country.

The fraud involves felonies of forgery and perjury that violated the $25 Billion National Mortgage Settlement, the federal and state racketeering (RICO) statutes, several felony statutes, and the doctrine of “unclean hands.”

 

Emergency Motion

You can see the full emergency motion here.

Press Release

You can see the press release here.

 

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