For Immediate Release
Posted: February 08, 2024


Ian Clark, Public Information Officer
(603) 271-4865 |

CFPB secures $12 million from ringleaders of foreclosure relief scam

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced that it resolved an appeal in a long-running enforcement suit against a foreclosure relief scam operation for $12 million in consumer redress and penalties. Consumer First Legal Group, LLC and four attorneys, Thomas G. Macey, Jeffrey J. Aleman, Jason Searns, and Harold E. Stafford, charged millions of dollars in illegal advance fees to financially distressed homeowners for legal representation the defendants promised but did not provide.

This case was part of a coordinated effort against various foreclosure relief scam operations by the CFPB, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and 15 states in 2014. The CFPB filed three lawsuits, the FTC filed six lawsuits, and the states took 32 actions. The CFPB won a judgment against the defendants in 2019. The case has been ongoing due to multiple appeals. This settlement brings the case to an end. Read the entire CFPB press release here.