CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago law clinic and a local activist are partnering to help people prosecutors say were victims of a massive reverse mortgage fraud.
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic and the Rev. Robin Hood announced the partnership Monday.READ MORE: Chicago Police Rescue Ducklings From Uptown Sewer Grate As Mother Duck Waits
They’ll represent people who say they’re victims of Chicago businessman Mark Diamond. Federal prosecutors have charged Diamond with defrauding more than 120 homeowners in a reverse mortgage scheme. He has pleaded not guilty.READ MORE: 'Heartbreaking': Family, Friends On Englewood Mass Shooting With 4 Dead, 4 Injured
Prosecutors say Diamond and a colleague swindled elderly homeowners, many of whom ended up losing their homes. The homeowners were largely African-Americans who lived on Chicago’s west and south sides.
Juliet Sorenson is director of the legal clinic. She says they’ll represent victims in foreclosure and evictions proceedings that arose from the fraud.MORE NEWS: Son Of Man Beaten To Death By Guards In Prison 'Blind Spot' Demands Answers
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