TAUNTON, Mass. (CN) – Massachusetts and 14 of its counties claim Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conspired to duck property transfer taxes by falsely claiming to be government agencies. The commonwealth and its counties claim the defendants are corporations – not governmental bodies – and owe money for tens of thousands of property transfers and conveyances.
Massachusetts sued under the False Claims Act, ex rel Robert Edward Hager and Andrew Ludel, who seek a share in any recovery.
Fannie Mae is the Federal National Mortgage Association; Freddie Mac is the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.
Both Hager and Ludel live in Nevada. They say they “jointly discovered the manner in which the defendants have defrauded, and continue to defraud, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its counties and incorporated cities.”
They are represented in Bristol County Court by Christopher Lefebvre of Pawtucket, R.I.