A federal judge tripled the penalty
enacted against two Texas-based mortgage companies, Allied Home Mortgage Corp. and Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp., and their CEO Jim Hodge for violating the False Claims Act.
According to a Reuters report
, a jury last November determined that the companies and their chief executive should pay the federal government approximately $93 million after being found liable of falsely certifying to the Federal Housing Administration the state of problematic mortgages submitted for the agency’s insurance. However, U.S. District Judge George Hanks in Houston upped the penalty to $296.3 million, citing a provision in the False Claims Act that mandated a tripling of damages. Hodge will be required to pay $25.3 million and the companies will cover the rest of the sum.
Allied Home Mortgage has since been renamed AllQuest Home Mortgage Corp. and Allied Home Mortgage Capital was renamed Americus Mortgage Corp.