Judge fines foreclosure law firm $1.8 million for bogus billings

Hopp Law Firm found to have over-charged consumers for title policies

A Denver judge has fined one of the city’s prolific foreclosure attorneys $1.8 million for running a scheme in which thousands of consumers facing the loss of their homes were charged for title insurance policies that did not exist.

Robert Hopp Jr. and his now-defunct law firm billed customers fighting foreclosure for policies that were never issued and inflated the cost of the few that were, the Colorado Attorney General’s office argued in a seven-day trial.

The verdict handed down last week by Denver District Judge Shelley Gilman is the latest in a number of cases the state filed in 2013 against lawyers that specialized in foreclosures and allegedly padded their bills for costs that were ultimately borne by consumers losing their homes, the banks foreclosing on them and taxpayers whose federal insurance agencies covered the costs.

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