Fraud case ends for Arizona’s Mortgages Ltd.
[Source: Andrew Johnson, Arizona Republic] — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has resolved fraud accusations it brought against an investment arm of failed commercial real-estate financier Mortgages Ltd. The federal agency on Monday announced that Mortgages Ltd. Securities LLC agreed to an order revoking the company’s registration as a securities broker-dealer.
The SEC also sought $7.3 million in penalties and prejudgment interest but waived the amount because the investment firm demonstrated a lack of funds to pay. The action stems from the downfall of Phoenix-based Mortgages Ltd., once considered Arizona’s largest private commercial lender.
Mortgages Ltd. distributed more than $900 million in loans for real-estate acquisitions, development, and construction projects… Mortgages Ltd.’s failure led to the collapse of several high-profile real-estate projects, including Hotel Monroe in downtown Phoenix and the Centerpoint condo towers in Tempe. It also left the company’s thousands of investors, many of them retired, in the lurch. [Note: Read the full article at Fraud case ends for Phoenix’s Mortgages Ltd.]
Posted on January 19, 2010, in Crime, Downtown Vitality, Finances, Governance, Luxury Housing, Office Space and tagged Centerpoint, Downtown Phoenix, fraud, Hotel Monroe, mortgage fraud, Scott Coles, Tempe, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.