The California attorney general closed two companies engaged in what the office called "fraudulent foreclosure-assistance" scams that gave consumers "false hope after paying up-front fees for nonexistent loan modification services."

In closing U.S. Foreclosure Relief Corp. and H.E. Servicing Inc. last weekend, Attorney General Edmund Brown secured $1 million in court-ordered restitution from the firms and their officers, George Escalante and Cesar Lopez.

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