- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a lawyer and his business stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from more than 100 people in Michigan that were facing mortgage foreclosures.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Tuesday that 52-year-old Steven Barry Ruza of Orchard Lake and his company Home Legal Group face 30 felony charges, including racketeering. Ruza and his company were arraigned Friday in 48th District Court in suburban Detroit.

The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment from Ruza. He has hearings scheduled for June 4 and June 11.

Schuette’s office says Ruza and Home Legal Group promised people that they could obtain mortgage modifications and save their homes from foreclosure but then did nothing, or very little, to obtain mortgage modifications. Most lost their homes due to foreclosure.

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