American Escrow: Illinois attorney ge...

American Escrow: Illinois attorney general probing missing money

There are 326 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 27, 2009, titled American Escrow: Illinois attorney general probing missing money. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The Illinois attorney general's office said Thursday that it is looking into consumer complaints about missing money from escrow accounts held by American Escrow LLC, a private Chicago company that recently notified customers it will be going out of business Tuesday.

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screwedwithoutth eky

United States

#297 Feb 25, 2011
I jumped through every hoop, wrote to everyone, including the Pope and since I'm from California, I'm screwed without the jelly! Its criminal what happened to us and yet no one has contacted me to further investigate, never heard from FBI, and they received an automated check from me and it was cashed after they closed their doors, a week later! Someone cashed it, and that is fraud, yet no charges against anyone! I didn't have the money then and I don't have it now to just write off. They bail out the fat cats and the true victims, well..........

Santa Clarita, CA

#299 Feb 25, 2011
Schmucks is being so nice, they are as low as low can be, both Daddy Lurie and the master mind thief Derek. I hear from the grapevine they have a winter home in Palm Springs enjoying our money and the SAD thing is they dont give a rats ass......
Indy Girl

Indianapolis, IN

#300 Feb 25, 2011
If you have a case filed with the AG in your state , it will be difficult to extricate any money from them due to their bankrupsy filing. But you also need to contact your House of Representative in your state ( hopefully a democrat) Present your case through letters and include information about our case in Indiana and how we received restitution.I was told that the members of our house were shocked that there was no regulation on "escrow companies". At least we have them now.Keep on it, follow up. The representatives have e-mail.The lawmakers don't know unless you inform them of what happened. You did elect them and you have a right to and duty really to let them know about this.And , yes our Representative( democrat) said it was FRAUD what they did , he said it to everyone at the news conference ! Goodluck !
Lynn from KS

Wichita, KS

#302 Apr 25, 2011
I lot about $2,300 to American Escrow. Apparently the Illinois AG only helped Illinois residents with payouts from an Illinois TOMA fund, even though Illinois is the state that allowed American Escrow to operate without proper licensing or bonding. Illinois' regulators failed to properly enforce existing laws and to protect the consumers all across the United States who were swindled by these criminals. Everyone seems to hate government regulations until something like this happens and then we sure wish the government had adequate regulations and bodies to enforce the laws to protect the consumers.
Karen from Cincinnati

United States

#303 Apr 26, 2011
State of Ohio has completed their case and awarded me all the money I am out. But, I continually get letters from them stating that they can't guarantee that they will be able to collect the money, so it's all for nothing. I don't want to discourage anyone from trying, just unreal, that the Lurie's have no money, but open businesses and travel the world. All I can say is karma's a B*&^%,they can take this to their grave.
Gary from Tennesse

Caryville, TN

#304 Apr 26, 2011
A few weeks ago,I got a letter from the FBI that said that they sre investigating American Escrow.That is all they would say,since it was an ongoing investigation.Maybe justice will be served,but I doubt it.

Chicago, IL

#305 Apr 27, 2011
what did the letter say?
jeff thomas

United States

#306 Jul 23, 2011
linda m wrote:
I to know these crook all of them its true there all into Drugs, the mother has two stores in North Chicago called ENAZ, HOW COME NOBODY BOYCOTTS OR DOES SOMETHING ABOUT THERE LIVES WITH OUR money..
He is still living HIGH (pun intended) on the hog still. seen driving brand new range rover and beat up his babys mother. for more updates on derek lurie check out

Placentia, CA

#307 Jul 25, 2011

Placentia, CA

#308 Jul 26, 2011
I also know this derranged man, and when you say go to I dont see anything about his beating up his baby's mother.. It does not surpirise me at all as if he can destroy the lives of hundreds of Families why not just beat up the person that gave you a child.

East Hartford, CT

#310 Jul 27, 2011
I am in Connecticut and also lost about $4000. I had contacted my AG when I called AE to find out why my taxes wasn't paid. I was given the paper work to apply for reinbursment for IL and never rec'd anything. I also added my name to the class action suit but never rec'd confirmation that I am included. Is that normal??? Anyway my AG is now a Senator so I think I will call their office again to resurrect my case number to see if they can find out anything. If I hear anything I will post it.
Arlene Adelman

Pittsburgh, PA

#311 Jul 28, 2011
blindside wrote:
what did the letter say?
Each time my husband,Herb, talks to them,they tell him "it takes time." That's it.
Karen from Cincinnati

United States

#312 Jul 29, 2011
WRJ, The Ohio AG have already successfully won their case against AE but it still didn't get me any of my money. They simply don't pay it and nothing happens. I was one of the original person's who helped get the class action suit going and I stopped hearing from the attorney about two years ago. To my knowledge they never even filed the suit. Sorry for such bad news, I don't want to discourage you from trying. Good Luck to you!

Highland Park, IL

#313 Oct 23, 2011
Jennifer Elliott wrote:
I, too, have lost all of my escrow money to American Escrow. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and have been with the company for five years. I just received notice from my taxing authority that my property taxes haven't been paid either, despite the constant monthly withdrawal of money from my bank account. I hope this is resolved quickly so that I can get my money back and have my taxes paid, as they should have been in the first place.
the family owns two retail stores by me in highland park, illinois. derek works at a car dealership. he never went to jail. all of the people that lost money should come up to highland park and peacefully protest out in front of the family store. they hide the stolen money through ther store

Highland Park, IL

#314 Oct 23, 2011
Karen wrote:
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Jennifer, see the email chain on . There are a lot of people effected by this, we have filed complaints with numerous agencies, the email chain has been helpful in keeping informed.
derek and his family never went to jail. they own two retail stores in highland park. you guys should organize a protest and boycott of the two stores.
Karen from Cincinnati

Springfield, OH

#316 Oct 27, 2011
Homer G, It's not about moaning. Everyone on this site has something in commen, and it was actually a website years ago that got myself and many others united and figuring out how widespread this was. The website started with about 4 or 5 people realizing the scam. Look at what it has become, and even though the Lurie's are still free opening companies and living the life, there are many investigations and settlements against them along with an FBI investigation that has not been completed. I know earlier on, the Lurie's used to read the websites, I get some comfort knowing that they live knowing the harm they have caused others. There have been retired people with liens on their homes, people suffering from medical issues on the verge of financial ruins, I could go on. The Lurie's live with this in them, and will leave this world someday and presently have this in their karma.
Arlene Adelman

Mckeesport, PA

#317 Oct 27, 2011
Homer, Karen is correct. A lot of us have been on this blog on and off for almost two years. When we called the NBC Affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh at that time; they ignored us until the newspaper announced that around two hundred people in Western Pa. alone were involved. Then--Surprise. The television station called to interview us. What is frustrating for us is that my husband and I were already retired, on fixed incomes. We had to borrow $3200 in order to pay our taxes. Than Oct. 10th and 14th of 2010 I had breast cancer surgery twice, because they found it was more invasive. Then we had to borrow some more to help with some of the medical bills. That initial $3200 loan has set us way back. This is not moaning or bitching. It is just the facts! All of us are disgusted to have been robbed by a white collar thief.
Indy Girl

Indianapolis, IN

#318 Oct 28, 2011
Yes we were all robbed by white collar theifs.Think of how the people who were given those mortgages that were rigged for them to fail with the adjustable rates and balloon payments feel? I consider myself lucky to not have fallen into that trap, however , this whole mortgage mess has affected our neighborhood (vacant homes, rentals filled with undesireable people etc)I know people say that the ones who got the mortages should have known what they were getting into, but in many cases the details of the mortages were not presented to them.The greedy bankers writing the mortgages insured them knowing they would default. Then the tax payers bailed out AIG and all the banks! We all have been screwed. And many of the politicians are lying in bed with them and that is why NO ONE has paid for that scam and this one with the Luries. I got my money back from our government in Indiana from a fund they had set up from penalties that banks had paid into from violating regulations. But , I still get to live in my home and watch it slowly decine as the empty homes slowly turn into rentals. And guess who buys the homes? Investors who don't give a flying shit about who they put in them and if they take care of it, even some rent to convicted felons! So, everyone should get on the class warfair train, because the middle class is getting screwed in a big way!

Highland Park, IL

#319 Jan 15, 2012
i am 25 years old. we live in ohio. my family had to recently move out of our home.we have fallen on hard times. the money we had in escrow was taken by american escrow corporation. my father could not handle the stress and started using drugs again. we have lost everything. thank you american escrow. thank you.
some things never change-

Chicago, IL

#320 Aug 25, 2012
July 27, 1993

Highland Park A local teen was arrested Friday after police stopped him for speeding and weaving across the road, according to reports. Derek C. Lurie, 18, of 481 Woodland Rd., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license, improper lane usage and speeding

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