Thursday, January 20, 2011

failure to closely guard the escrow account leads to big trouble.......

The indictment alleges that beginning at least as far back as 2004, a substantial shortfall began to develop in an escrow account maintained by Troese Title and Troese/Hughes for the receipt and disbursement of funds in connection with real estate closings carried out by both title companies. This shortfall is alleged to have been partly the result of mistakes made during the closing process on several transactions that required costly pay-outs to resolve, and partly from several large and long-undetected thefts by individual employees, although these factors did not account for all of the deficit. In the spring of 2005, Lukenich, the escrow accountant for the title companies, advised others at Troese Title and Troese/Hughes that the shortfall totaled at least $2 million. The shortfalls were further aggravated in 2006 through 2008 as the real estate and refinancing boom that had started in approximately 2002 first cooled, then collapsed.

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1 comment:

Diane Cipa said...

And how is it that Chicago Title didn't notice this in their audit process? Just asking......