Modern Day Rosa Parks Jailed As Domestic Terrorist:
God-Fearing Woman Exposes Foreclosure Fraud
Who: Family and Friends of Barbara Bratton, Homeowners’ Rights Advocate
What: Pre-Preliminary Conference (Court Hearing)
When: Monday, June 24, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Dept. S22, San Bernardino Superior Court
351 N. Arrowhead, San Bernardino, CA. 92415 Map
Ignoring well-documented cases of fraud and abuse that continue to plague the home mortgage industry, the City of Ontario Police Department has instead set its sights on Barbara Bratton, 55, jailed as a domestic terrorist for challenging the validity of property records used to foreclose on her loan. A pre-preliminary conference is set for Monday, June 24 at 8:30am in San Bernardino Superior Court, 351 N. Arrowhead, San Bernardino, CA 92415. Homeowners’ rights advocates will be on hand to show support.
Barbara Bratton, a life-long resident of Ontario, California and an outstanding community member, was the victim of an illegal foreclosure on her family home of 40 years. Since 2008 she has conducted a tireless and well-documented campaign to expose the land title fraud on her home. An important piece in this complex case came last year, when a Lending Processing Services (LPS) executive pled guilty to filing more than a million fraudulent property documents in county recorder’s offices across the country. The fraud on the Bratton home was linked to the suit. Yet the LPS scheme masked a more insidious crime: the securitization of nearly all home loans since 1996, making it impossible to determine who, if anyone, actually owns the note on a home.
To back up her case, Ms. Bratton began working with San Bernardino County Recorder Dennis Draeger and his staff to conduct a thorough search of the property records on her home. In a signed declaration authorized by Draeger, his custodian of records concluded that the involved parties lacked the authority to foreclose on the Bratton home. To set the record straight, Ms. Bratton filed a corrective deed at the County Recorder’s office on April 11, 2013 — a preliminary step towards gaining court recognition of fraudulent foreclosure. To insure proper procedure, she asked the Secretary of State’s Office to validate the document with their seal before filing with the county recorder. For additional insurance, she attached a copy of her 2012 notice to the police of title fraud with her request to have them investigate (a request they ignored.)
Ms. Bratton’s actions to correct property records on the family home were fully above board, with no intent to harm or defraud. The City of Ontario’s punitive efforts to defame Ms. Bratton reveal how desperate officials are to ignore the fraud that continues to pollute property records in a county with some of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Until property records are corrected, judges will continue to sanction illegal foreclosures, and the perpetrators will go unpunished.
On Dec 2, 1955 Rosa Parks became a Civil Rights Activist by refusing to give up her seat on a bus leading to an end of segregation. She died with honors in 2005, a few months after Barbara Bratton was given predatory financing by “lender”, First Franklin.
Homeowners’ Rights advocates will be on hand for the hearing at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 24thto show their support for Barbara Bratton in her fight for justice on behalf of hundreds of thousands of homeowners who have become unwitting victims of fraudulent financing and foreclosure practices.
Barbara Bratton has been charged with 5 felony counts: 2 violations of Penal Code Section 460(d) forgery, and 2 counts of PC 115(a) procuring and offering false or forged instrument. She has also been charged with 1 count of PC 459 second degree burglary. Law enforcement authorities are alleging she is a domestic terrorist. Bail has been set at $250.000.
Court documents available upon request.