State's Congressmen Want Probe Of Military Foreclosures

Two North Carolina congressmen are calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate and prosecute any violations of a law designed to protect members of the military from losing their homes while serving the country.

U.S. Reps. Brad Miller and Walter Jones sent a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for a probe into possible violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Miller, a Democrat, and Jones, a Republican, say thousands of reviews by a federal agency suggest some banks and mortgage companies may simply be ignoring the law and foreclosing on homes while members of the military are fighting overseas.

In September, the Justice Department asked Congress to stiffen the penalties for lenders who violate laws protecting active duty military personnel from foreclosure.

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