Federal and state regulators are paying closer attention to scrutiny of the practice of padding foreclosure expenses, putting mortgage servicers on notice that they are responsible for making sure that fees charged by attorneys and third-party vendors are reasonable and accurate.

Two large servicers have already received subpoenas relating to vendors' billing practices and sources say that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is preparing to subpoena other servicers to determine if borrowers in foreclosure are being overcharged by vendors or paying for services that were not actually delivered.

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