The state of Washington's Department of Financial Institutions ordered Home Credit Law Center, a California mortgage loan modification firm, to stop operating in the Evergreen State.

Authorities said the company, run by two Los Angeles men, was offering loan mod services to homeowners facing foreclosure for a $3,000 fee but was not licensed to practice business or law in Washington.

"We offered [Brian Linnekens, Home Credit Law Center's president] the opportunity to voluntarily cease and desist, but he refused," Deb Bortner, the state regulator's director of consumer services, said in a statement Monday. Linnekens could not be reached for comment.

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