“Our mission is to protect all New Mexico families and our economy, especially vulnerable consumers who are in foreclosure and face losing their home,” Balderas said. “Yesterday Judge Malott agreed with us, saw through the defendants’ scheme, and ordered them to stop violating the law.”
In its ninety-seven (97) page complaint and one-hundred and five (105) page Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) alleged that Simms and the non-attorneys violated both federal and state laws and abused court processes for their own gain, including taking in nearly $365,000 from homeowners in foreclosure, of which around 55% was spent by the Praedium operators on their own personal expenses, and about 45% was given to Simms.
In addition, the OAG alleged that the non-attorneys engaged in the unauthorized practice of law by giving homeowners legal advice and pleadings to file in the homeowner’s foreclosure case, and that Simms entered his appearance in some cases without the knowledge or consent of the homeowner.
No trial date has been set, but it is expected that the case will be tried sometime in 2017. Consumers who have had contact with Praedium Preservation, Khalsa, Molinar, Lucero or Simms should call the OAG’s Consumer & Environmental Protection Division at 505.222.9100.