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Continuing its crackdown on attorneys involved in alleged loan modification fraud, the State Bar of California obtained the resignation of two lawyers and filed charges against a third this month. All three are in Orange County. “It seems to be the hotbed of loan modification scams,” said Suzan J. Anderson, the Bar’s supervising trial counsel. On Aug. 3, Christian Dillon of Dana Point, Calif., resigned from the bar with charges pending. Bar prosecutors said that Dillon was under investigation for complaints related to his affiliation with USMAC Law Group in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Dillon could not be reached for comment. A recording at his telephone number said that his office was closed. On Aug. 4, Nabile J. Anz, who ran the Federal Loan Modification Center in Irvine, Calif., resigned from the Bar with charges pending. Last month, the bar filed an application to have his status changed to involuntarily inactive — an expedited process that precedes formal charges — alleging that he abandoned his clients, closed his law office without notice and failed to return unearned fees. Under the terms of his resignation, Anz admitted the misconduct, according to the Bar. Anz could not be reached for comment. Bar prosecutors filed an application to have Christopher Diener enrolled as involuntarily inactive, alleging that, while affiliated with Home Relief Services, he misrepresented the scope of his services to clients, collected advance fees from clients under false pretenses and failed to perform services to obtain a loan modification on behalf of his clients. A hearing on that application was scheduled for Aug. 28 in State Bar Court. Diener, reached at a law office in Irvine, referred calls to his lawyer, Ellen Pansky, a partner at Pansky Markle Ham in South Pasadena, Calif., who did not return a call for comment. The State Bar has established a special team on loan modification fraud that is investigating more than 400 complaints from consumers about lawyers implicated in alleged loan modification fraud. As part of that effort, bar prosecutors last month filed a notice of disciplinary charges against Sean Rutledge of the United Law Group Inc. in Irvine. On May 29, Mitchell W. Roth, who represented homeowners facing foreclosure, resigned following a court order the Bar obtained shutting down his three Southern California offices.

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