Lawyer Mark Stopa painted himself as the foreclosure messiah after the housing crash. Thousands of distraught homeowners bought into it and hire Stopa to keep them in their homes.
Lawyer Mark Stopa helped some people hold on to their homes. Unfortunately, the vast majority he ripped off. He also allegedly acquired millions of dollars worth of property from other clients through an alleged years-long pattern of fraud and deception.
The alleged scheme to defraud clients and mortgage lenders has had a ripple effect throughout Florida. The alleged scam has left thousands of foreclosure cases in limbo and Stopa’s firm about to file for bankruptcy.
Tampa attorney Richard Mockler has tried unsuccessfully to salvage Stopa’s law practice. He told the Tampa Bay Times: