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WSVN -- For years businesses operated by Randy Baker, his ex wife Aren, his daughter Elizabeth and Solomon Maracri made money from people facing foreclosure. The state sued claiming it was all a scheme that had victims nationwide.

The attorney general's office was so concerned about the damage they were doing it went to court asking for an emergency order to shut them down. Rather than fight it the four folded and have now signed this agreement.

Carol DeGraffenreidt: "During our mediation we were able to have all the parties agree to that - that they would not ever in the future be involved in foreclosure rescue services at all."

They operated from this Boca Raton office building under different names. Following our reports on their operations, they moved out even leaving files behind.

Wendy Perkins: "I don't know what to do."

Customers have complained they paid the firms to help save their homes from foreclosure, but say instead they got no help. Some lost their homes and the $1,500 to $50,000 they paid for foreclosure rescue.

That led the attorney general's office to file a lawsuit.

Carmel Cafiero: "Are you going after restitution?"

Carol DeGraffenreidt: "No doubt Carmel."

Carmel Cafiero: Are there resources? Do you know at this point?"

Carol DeGraffenreidt: "That's part of what we're doing now."

Carmel Cafiero: "I'd like to talk with you."

As 7 News first reported, Randy Baker ignored questions about his businesses as did Solomon Macari.

Carmel Cafiero: "Did you mislead people."

The Florida bar says both men are currently under investigation for claims they told customers that they were attorneys, even though neither is licensed to practice law.

Meanwhile, William O'toole the attorney who worked with Baker and Macari at summit Legal Group - has been suspended from the practice of law by Florida's supreme court

It did so after the bar accused O'toole of doing great public harm.

Jen Currier: "I thought there was a team of lawyers - not just one."

Jen Currier of New Hampshire has eight children. She says she called summit legal group for help, but lost her home after putting faith them and now doesn't know where her family will be for Christmas.

Jen Currier: "It was not supposed to be like this."

Carmel Cafiero: "The state asks that victims contact the Attorney General's Office and get a complaint on the record. The number is on our web site. At this point restitution is estimated at about a quarter of a million dollars but could go much higher."


Victims should contact:Florida's Attorney General 850-414-3990



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