Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Way back when...

Way back when when I first started writing this blog, before we somehow got all politicized and started writing about political goings on in South Florida, we used to write about fraud, specifically financial and mortgage fraud.  Despite how much fraud we investigated and wrote about, with a few exceptions the authorities that follow our blog, DOJ, FBI, ICE, MDPD, City of Miami PD, etc for the most part ignored what we'd written.  Here we are now several years later and it seems like one of two things have happened, our nearly 1000 posts have become a treasure trove of information for law enforcement who are now getting around to investigating some of the people we wrote about or our blog has become an excellent resource for victims of people we've written about in the past.

Case in point, back in 2009 we wrote about a title company called Red Door Title aka Red Door Title Insurance Agency that was owned by a woman named Ana J. Amador.  In particular what we wrote about was a transaction they conducted involving a home located in Coconut Grove, specifically the home located at 3146 Hibiscus Street.  It didn't take much to figure out just what had gone on in this transaction, a simple examination of the warranty deeds tells the story, take a look...

Based on the documentary stamps (60 cents/100 dollars) the sales price of this home on July 18, 2008 was $218,000.  Now lets look at the next warranty deed that was issued by the same title company, Red Door Title, the VERY SAME DAY:

Based on the documentary stamps on this sale we can conclude that the home sold for $470,000 THE VERY SAME DAY! Once again we see a $252,000 profit in a MATTER OF HOURS!  This is a classic example of the type of fraud that was going on back during the peak of the housing bubble here in South Florida.  The way the scam would work is as follows:
  • Find a home that's in a depressed marginal neighborhood that is close to a better neighborhood that you can draw higher appraisal comps from, IE West Coconut Grove.
  • Find a straw buyer with good enough credit to get a loan.
  • Find an attorney or title agent that's a willing participant in this organized scheme to defraud the lender.
So now that we have all the crucial ingredients we move on to the scam...
  • The title agent conducts the closing from the interim buyer to the straw buyer before the actual seller gets paid for the property.
  • The title agent then funds the purchase of the home from the original seller to the interim buyer.
 And that's it, both the closings are done simultaneously, the banks money is used to purchase the property from the seller who sells it to the middle man who then flips it to the straw buyer who never makes a payment on the loan and the home subsequently goes into foreclosure.  The instance that we wrote about back in 2009 at 3146 Hibiscus netted the fraudsters $252k yet despite the fact that I laid out the case on a silver platter and handed it to the appropriate authorities as well as members of the Miami Dade County Mortgage Fraud task force, nothing happened.  It seems that the authorities were to busy investigating me and trying to figure out who I was rather than go after the real bad guys.  

So here we are several years later and what's happened?  In this instance the title agent that we wrote about, Red Door Title, has moved on to somewhat less sophisticated frauds, we'll discuss tomorrow...



  1. And what does this have to do with Chief OMC? Was he the Notary? No, maybe his Wife? Aha!! That's it!!!

    1. Sorry, nothing to do with Orlando Martinez de Castro.

  2. Miami has become America's septic tank and authorities you mention above do not give a damn.

  3. we have been defrauded by Ana Amador and Red door title on several transactions. She is still out there behind closed doors. Seems no on e can serve her papers and she is in foreclosure on her place of business which keeps the doors locked. She needs to go to jail. Just a few cases we encountered. She was flipping homes with our lender money and she was taking the escrow money for insurance, title policies, taxes and not disbuirsing it and paying the appropriate agencies. She was issuing false title insurance from a company she was not affiliated with. The result no title policies.

    1. Drop me an email @ and full me in.

  4. You can reach ana j amador @ 305-710-8555
    Ex employee unfortunately

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