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updated: 10/15/2015 2:28 PM

State penalizes companies for $300K in foreclosure scam

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Three companies and one individual have been penalized more than $300,000 for charging owners of foreclosed properties for services they didn't need.

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced the settlements Thursday. The companies are Charlotte, North Carolina-based U.S. Financial Funding; Chicago-based Capital Recovery and Hunterdon Legal Service of Flemington, New Jersey.

Also included in the settlement was Jose Danoys of Old Bridge, who operated as JD Assets Recovery.

They allegedly charged thousands of dollars for helping homeowners obtain leftover funds from foreclosure sales.

State Attorney General John Hoffman says homeowners can apply for the funds themselves.

The penalties range from $36,000 against Danoys to $105,000 against Hunterdon Legal Service.

Some portion of the penalties will be refunded if the companies follow terms of the settlement for three years.

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