- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona-licensed foreclosure attorney has settled a lawsuit over allegations he misled homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure.

The state Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that the settlement with Brent Randall Phillips includes $65,000 in restitution to about 20 consumers and $50,000 in fines.

The lawsuit filed last year accused Phillips of violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act by using deceptive practices when offering loan-modification services to homeowners trying to avoid losing their residence.

According to the consent judgment, Phillips and his law firms sent out advertisements offering loan modifications to about 20,000 Arizona consumers that misled the homeowners into thinking the help was coming from their mortgage company.

The judgment bars Phillips and his law firms from handling mortgage-loan-modification services in Arizona.

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