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Army vet sues mortgage lender to stop foreclosure on East Lynn farm

State Court

By Marian Johns | Nov 14, 2019

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WAYNE – A U.S. Army Iraq War Veteran is suing Carrington Mortgage over allegations it refused to offer him mortgage loan assistance and filed for foreclosure on his East Lynn farm where he and his son live after his estranged wife emptied their bank account.  

Travis Blankenship filed a complaint in Wayne Circuit Court against Carrington Mortgage Services LLC alleging illegal debt collection, misrepresentations in debt collection, unconscionable conduct in debt collection and breach of contract. 

The suit states the plaintiff is an Army veteran and that his loan is insured by the Veteran's Administration. Blankenship alleges purchased a 43-acre farm in January 2015 and in 2018, refinanced his loan through Carrington. 

According to the suit, Blankenship fell behind in payments after his divorce when his ex-wife removed money from his bank account and his payment did not clear. The plaintiff alleges Carrington failed to offer him loss mitigation required by the VA.

Blankenship seeks to enjoin the foreclosure, actual and punitive damages, a trial by jury and all other just relief. He is represented by Sarah Brown, Bren Pomponio and Daniel Hedges of Mountain State Justice Inc. in Charleston.  

Wayne Circuit Court case number 2019 9-C-114

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