Mortgage giant makes fourth attempt for hearing to have homeowner and Marine Art de los Santos held in contempt, arrested, evicted
RIVERSIDE – After a Riverside County judge told lawyers for mortgage giant Freddie Mac that, for the third consecutive time, they had failed to provide proper notice regarding a hearing to hold Marine Art de los Santos in contempt and remove him from his home of ten years, the company is attempting to circumvent the judge’s orders at court again on Tuesday morning.
As reported in the Riverside Press-Enterprise and on KNBC 4, Judge John Vineyard ruled that Freddie Mac had failed to provide proper written notice for a contempt hearing to decide whether Art should go to jail for moving back into his vacant foreclosed home. Despite Judge Vineyard’s instructions that the company provide proper written notice, Freddie Mac’s attorneys have filed an ex-parte motion and notified Art telephonically that they will go to court on Tuesday morning.
What: Ex-parte hearing on contempt charges against Riverside homeowner Art de los Santos
When: Tuesday, March 6; 9:30 a.m.
Where: Riverside County Superior Court, 4050 Main St., Riverside 92501; Department 2
A Sheriffs notice to vacate expired in February, and a large crowd of supporters has stood with Art, his wife Magda, and their four kids awaiting the arrival of deputies to the house. While the ongoing ordeal has generated literally hundreds of inquiries to Freddie Mac from across the country regarding their policies for working with at-risk homeowners, the company has apparently decided to have the family removed at all costs.
For months, Art has waged a public campaign to convince Freddie Mac and JP Morgan Chase to reverse the foreclosure and issue him a loan modification, and to stop ignoring the thousands of homeowners in his situation:
•Art, a long-time factory supervisor who spent five years in the Marine Corps, purchased his home almost ten years ago and lives there with his wife and four kids
•in 2009, Art asked JP Morgan Chase for a loan modification, anticipating a drop in hours at work – and was told to miss payments in order to qualify
•after missing some payments, JP Morgan Chase and Freddie Mac granted Art a temporary modification and Art complied with all the terms of the modification
•JP Morgan Chase and Freddie Mac rejected Art for a permanent modification because his income had recovered – but, instead of allowing him to catch up, they quickly foreclosed on the home
•the two companies have consistently refused to reconsider their decision, instead releasing statement after statement that mischaracterize the sequence of events and blame Art for their own mistakes
De los Santos vows to keep fighting on behalf of his family and thousands of homeowners being ignored or improperly foreclosed on by JP Morgan Chase and/or Freddie Mac.