WEST PALM BEACH — The president of a Palm Beach County foreclosure-rescue company was arrested Thursday and charged with several counts of fraud, including acting as a loan originator without a license, after an investigation that included law enforcement officials from Boca Raton to Tallahassee.
Guilfort Dieuvil, 38, is president of the Nationwide Investment Firm Corp., a for-profit company that has homeowners quitclaim deed their properties to it with promises to broker a short sale or loan modification, while also defending the case in court.
The arrest comes after The Palm Beach Post revealed, in a series of four articles beginning in November, lawsuits, police reports and letters to state officials from homeowners complaining that instead of getting the help they sought, they unwittingly signed over the deeds to their homes.
Some claim they were threatened with eviction and left with debt on properties to which they no longer have title.
Details of the investigation that led to Dieuvil's arrest were not available late Thursday, but Boca Raton Police Department officer Sandra Boonenberg said detectives from her department worked in conjunction with other agencies on the case.
The Florida Office of Financial Regulation confirmed in late April that it was investigating the company, which recently moved its headquarters from Boca Raton to a Flagler Drive office in downtown West Palm Beach.
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