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Wayward Apprentice-

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Brenda Friesen

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An apprentice in Colorado was "training" with a licensed appraiser. He "took the summer off " and hopes to "get more clients in the fall" -- so he told his supervisor. But- he has been doing work under table - and signing as trainee BUT also signing his supervisor's name to reports. Supervisor found out when a bank called and asked for copy of E & O.
What would you do? I've suggested several things - but am interested in hearing from forum.
 

Ghost Rider

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Banking/Mortgage Industry
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Connecticut
You mean before you call your lawyer, hit him with a Cease and Desist, and report EVERYTHING to your E&O Company and your state board??

I'd vote for pulling out a shotgun, and going for some target practice......
 

TEL2002

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Retired Appraiser
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Louisiana
Suggest reporting immediately to:

E&O people.

FBI white collar type fraud unit. I know they have been working on appraisal fraud, flips, etc.

State Attorney Generals office.

Let the turkey roast in his own juices. DO NOT tell him that you are reporting his actions to anyone. Let him find out the hard way.

Sit back and enjoy the show.
 

Patrick Egger

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Nevada
First .. change to heading from "Wayward" to "Unethical" ... this little doggie didn't stray, he jumped the fence, robbed a convenience store, left your prints and ID so as to have the USPAP police looking at you.

MHM gave some good advice ... contact all of those people along with anyone else you can think of, is he registered or have listings on Mercury, with AMC's, etc ... using your credentials?

This is not a case of a slight error in judgment ... this is unethical and fraud. He should not be permitted in the business.
 

JSmith43

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Certified General Appraiser
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California
Brenda,

I had answered you in the NAIFA chat room & have had a few minutes to think as well as to ponder the reactions above.

This situation is worse than identity theft, which just wrecks your credit. This could wreck an innocent person's livelihood. I would have your friend clear their schedule & get a good attorney ASAP that is versed in RE law, criminal law & ideally has litigated something with respect to the appraisal profession (so the poor SOB wouldn't have to read USPAP cold).
 

Farm Gal

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Licensed Appraiser
State
Nebraska
Ditto most of the above excepting that I for one would like my business to continue in as normal a manner as possible.

I would suggest that said friend acquire IMMEDIATELY a slightly different signature (which one assumes that the 'identity thief' should not have access to) it should be visible distinghishable from the stolen ID.

and to isure the above:
Make very sure that the work computer system is as bulletproof as possible to prevent the slimeball from in any way accessing data or information from the system...
 

wyecoyote

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Gvmt Agency, FNMA, HUD, VA etc.
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Washington
Brenda,

Your friend as others have state should not contact the "apprentice" (used losely) on his own. Contact as others said everyone possible including E&O company and state board. With contacts to the FBI and others. Second what LEE ANN stated get a new signature asap. Keep all documentations of when he/she found out.
 

Farm Gal

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Nebraska
Oh yeah, I forgot...

If this appraiser has been in any way sloppy in keeping his logbook, NOW is the time to go over it with a fine tooth comb... particularly if said apprentice had any log-in responsibilities...

If there are any appraisals for which a full workfile does not exist and/or any in which the now-harried principal has no recollection of participating... now would be the time to make specific note of those files...

I hope the scumbag does hardtime and we HEAR about it.

little error in judgment, indeed :sniper:
 
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