GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Cassandra Anible was supposed to get more than $60,000 from a federal government settlement with a slew of lenders who practiced bad foreclosure practices.
What she actually got were checks she could not cash.
“I feel like they added insult to injury,” Anible said.
The Independent Foreclosure Review Settlement was supposed to give victims of foreclosure abuse a little boost. Anible applied and got two checks worth $62,000.
“I live on very little,” she said. “When those checks came, I thought, ‘This doesn’t replace my house, but it maybe give me a little bit of security for my old age.'”
But she was sent checks that were also made out in the name of her ex-husband, who has since died.
“I knew I couldn’t cash them with his name on them,” Anible said.
She sent the checks back and tried to get the company handling the settlement payments to reissue them in her name.
“That’s when all of this nightmare started and it’s just gone on and on,” Anible said. “Sometimes they told us that, ‘You should have the checks within a couple of weeks,’ and then other times they say, ‘We don’t know when.'”
She’s been waiting for her money now for a year.
It seems like it should have been a simple fix, but even her lawyer can’t get to a solution.
“I do not know why checks have not been reissued. We don’t get any answers,” attorney Ed Wolven said.
For Anible, it’s not just about the money. Her husband left and she lost the home she and her daughter loved.
“It was just that that house was more than a house to us. It was our home. Our pets were buried out there. A tree her dad had planted from a seedling when she was born was growing in the back yard,” Anible said. “It was a very bad time in my life and I just want it to be over.”
What should have taken some of the sting out of the foreclosure has left Annible wishing she never heard of the settlement.
“I wish they hadn’t even sent them in the first place. I wish they’d just left me alone, frankly. It’s not been worth it,” she said.
A spokeswoman for the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — which is in charge of the settlement — told 24 Hour News 8 the office will have someone review the incident.