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Resource ID: #27619
Subject: Mortgages
Source: The Chicago Reporter
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Date: Jan. 29 - Aug. 12

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This series exposed the reverse mortgage/home repair scam Chicago businessman Mark Diamond had perpetrated for decades against elderly black homeowners on the city's South and West Sides. The project also revealed the civil justice system's toothlessness and raised pointed questions about how much havoc one person can wreak in the civil sphere before facing any criminal consequences. The project sparked a hearing by a state senator, media pickup, the filing and passage of state legislation and community action.

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