To: Mark Carney - Governor of the Bank of England
BANK OF SCOTLAND VICTIM OF A 'SCAM'?
We demand a thorough probe into a huge raft of mortgage fraud committed using buy-to-let products from bailed-out banking group Lloyds.
Why is this important?
Many naive investors from 2007 were conned into buying properties that were fraudulently over-valued by third party professionals, including property developers, panel surveyors, mortgage brokers and conveyancing solicitors, which was part of a scam that obtained money from high street lending institutions.
The high street lenders have repossessed many of the properties which have so far seen millions of pounds lost in shortfalls on the original mortgages.
The shortfalls have been 'lost' in the accounts of the Lloyds Group and UK tax-payers should be told in detail how much all this amounts to and what steps the group has taken to recover these shortfalls.
Obviously one way Lloyds has done this is to repossess the houses of the investors who fell foul of what a member of Lloyds Chief Executive Team termed as a 'scam' in a letter to an investor it then repossessed.
The investor had written to challenge the bank's conduct in the whole saga that saw three of her properties re-possessed to the tune of £530,000. In its reply, the bank's official wrote: 'I disagree that BoS should be accountable for the shortfall as we were also victims of the scam.'
There are at least 22 properties in the north and north-west of England, which were all over-valued by between £100,000 and £150,000, involving investors that have been forced into repossession. Third-party professionals used by Lloyds on a daily basis have fleeced the group for millions. Lloyds meanwhile, has been able to 'write off' these 'bad debts' with no comeback or explanation on its behaviour.
The British tax-payer still has a 23.9% stake in Lloyds, having bailed it out following the disastrous and scandalous way it operated its business in the lead up to the 'credit crunch' in 2008.
It is in the public's interest to know exactly how the losses - in the region of £3 million - from this 'scam' were reported and whether Lloyds reported the 'scam' to the Police or any of the financial watchdogs and authorities.
Bank of Scotland were made aware of the 'scam' in May 2008. It is now the spring of 2015 and Lloyds Group has not addressed any of the questions raised by investors about its handling of the situation and hides behind jargon and data protection.
What is even more galling is that Lloyds has announced that it will be handing over 'performance' bonuses for 2014 totalling £30million to a raft of senior management, whilst it has taken no action in delving into the 'scam' that it said it was a 'victim' of - apart from punishing borrowers involved in the 'scam' with repossession and untold stress!
Come clean Bank of Scotland - face up to the situation like the rest of us do when times get tough!