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'Stealing Trust' film on financial fraud set for Sept. 19

September 11, 2012

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, or MCRC, and Frederick, Md.-area fair-housing organizations will present a screening of “Stealing Trust,” MCRC’s documentary about the impact of financial fraud and mortgage-lending abuses on Maryland families, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Bayard Brown Community Center, 629 N. Market St. in Frederick.

The film’s Frederick-area premiere also will feature a panel discussion about how families can survive the foreclosure crisis. It will be led by MCRC Executive Director Marceline White, leaders of the Frederick Community Action Agency and other housing activists.

“Stealing Trust” tells the stories of individuals and families across Maryland who lost their homes, savings and even their capacity to trust others to predatory mortgage lenders, abusive debt settlement firms and unscrupulous home contractors. Four years after the bursting of the housing bubble prompted the worst financial crisis in the last 70 years, the film offers a look at the kinds of financial fraud that caused the crisis.

“Stealing Trust” won the Community Engagement Film Award from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in April. It has been featured on Maryland Public Television and has had more than 15 public screenings over the last 18 months.

The event is co-sponsored by the Frederick Community Action Agency and the Young Democrats of Frederick County.

For more information or to purchase a copy of the film, go to www.marylandconsumers.org/Advocacy/MCRCDocumentaryFilmStealing Trust/tabid/153/Default.aspx.

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