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Mortgage Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions Unit

The impact of mortgage fraud reverberates well beyond the dollar amount lost by financial institutions. Homes will often sit vacant for long periods of time, becoming hubs for criminal activity and targets for vandals, all of which continuously erodes the quality of life for those living near the affected properties. Sadly, Illinois ranks amongst the top states where this crime occurs.

Recognizing the devastating impact this crime has had on communities, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has created the Mortgage Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions Unit to lead a targeted response to this epidemic in Cook County. The Unit is devoted solely to handling these complex prosecutions by overseeing long term investigations which often lead to the arrest of multiple defendants.

Part of the Mortgage Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions Unit’s mission will be to take a preventative approach by working closely with business groups and neighborhood organizations to help develop proactive strategies. Prosecutors working in the Unit will be assigned to each of the Community Justice Centers, re-opened last year by State’s Attorney Alvarez, to work with individuals and organizations within the communities they serve.

The State’s Attorney’s Mortgage Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions Unit welcomes tips about suspicious activity as well as calls from concerned citizens who may have information about mortgage fraud cases within their own communities. Individuals, as well as those in the home improvement, real estate, and mortgage industries are encouraged to contact the Unit with any information, questions or concerns.

Mortgage Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions Unit
2650 S. California, 13th Floor
Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: (773) 674-2728
Fax: (773) 674-5574

Email: mortgagefraud@cookcountyil.gov

North Side
Community Justice Center

5400 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Phone: (773) 334-4066
Fax: (773) 334-4706
South Side
Community Justice Center

9059 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60619

Phone: (773) 783-5100
Fax: (773) 783-5120

Community Justice Center

715 W. Maxwell St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 325-9700
Fax:  (312) 325-9705

West Side
Community Justice Center

4 West Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

Phone: (708) 386-7301
Fax: (708) 386-7310

Additional Mortgage Fraud Resources

(Click on the Resource name to be taken directly to that site.)

Informational Brochure - Mortgage Fraud

FBI-Mortgage Fraud Prevention Tips

Freddie Mac-Typical Mortgage Fraud Schemes

HUD – Don’t Be A Victim of Loan Fraud

Federal Trade Commission

Circuit Court of Cook County
Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program
(877) 895-2444