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Confidentiality and Field Review

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Don Fiore

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Sep 7, 2005
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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Illinois
I just completed a field review for a client who typically blacks out the original appraiser's name and signature from the report under review. This time, the client overlooked a portion of the report in which the appraiser's name was clearly visible. The appraisal report was loaded with misleading information and obviously a value push.

Out of curiosity, since I now had (his/her) name, I looked up the appraiser and his license number on the State site. Turns out that although (he/she) indicates that (he/she) is certified, (he/she) was actually an associate level appraiser when this report was completed, and (he/she) included a totally fictitious license number in the report.

I advised my client of this by phone, and was essentially told that finding out this information was beyond the scope of work of my review, and that I should not mention this anywhere in my report. That's fine with me. But I would really like to turn this report over to the State because of the obvious fraud. Given the client's touchy attitude about this and everything, and given the fact that I was not supposed to know the name of the original appraiser in the first place, would I be violating client confidentiality if I did so?
 

William K

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Sep 21, 2007
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Illinois
I don't believe FRAUD is protected by client privacy issues in this regard. I am sure Brian will read and answer your question. I would turn it in.
 
Joined
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Retired Appraiser
State
Florida
I don't believe FRAUD is protected by client privacy issues in this regard. I am sure Brian will read and answer your question. I would turn it in.
There is no breach of confidentiality involved in reporting a suspected crime. Doesn't matter what your client wants or doesn't want.
 

xmtpedprl

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Dec 6, 2005
Professional Status
General Public
State
Florida
That's what Brian's for, turn it in.

Dave...
 

Suz-E

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Apr 17, 2006
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Illinois
I'd turn it in as well. The client doesn't need to be asked for permission if this guy/gal is committing fraud...IMHO.
 

Wendy

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Feb 23, 2004
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Florida
Does your state allow an anonymous turn-in?
 

Smokey Bear

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Dec 8, 2004
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
California
Some client. :-( Glad to know they're interested in fraud prevention and enforcement.
 
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