September 16, 2015

Two homeowners have filed a Federal Civil Rights action against three officers of a Colorado Sheriff’s Office, the Federal National Mortgage Association, and attorney Lawrence Castle for damages arising out of a horrific eviction where the Sheriff’s office utilized over a dozen children to essentially rape the homeowners’ home and destroy their possessions and furniture. Attorney Lawrence Castle instituted the eviction. As those of you who follow news in the foreclosure arena know, Castle closed his foreclosure mill after being sued by not only his clients by the Colorado Attorney General for committing a massive multi-million dollar fraud upon his Firm’s clients (see Denver Post, July 15, 2014 “AG sues Colorado’s largest foreclosure law firms alleging massive fraud”).

The action also alleges that a representative of FNMA assisted in the effort to not only permit the destruction, but also to interfere with the work of the professional movers who were hired by the homeowners. The movers were and had been in the process of removing possessions from the home when the Sheriff’s office defendants on the scene directed the movers to cease their work and instructed the swarm of children to go into the home with black plastic garbage bags and throw all of the homeowners’ possessions into the bags.

The professional movers requested the on-scene law enforcement defendants to permit them to remove the heavy furniture and appliances. The law enforcement defendants refused to do so, and instructed the children to remove the furniture and appliances, which they destroyed in the process. The homeowners were told the following day that the children were routinely used for evictions and were paid with a bag of cash.

Jeff Barnes, Esq. represents the homeowners. A copy of the Verified Amended Complaint is available upon e-mail request.

The Verified Amended Complaint was finalized the day before Mr. Barnes was advised of a press release relating to the feature film 99 Homes, which opens in theaters on September 25. The film details the horrors of the eviction process, and the director credits Lynn Szymoniak as a “major force in my research” in addition to the fact that the massive fraudulent paperwork perpetrated the banks in foreclosures “is still happening now.”

Jeff Barnes, Esq.,