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Non-victims getting foreclosure settlement funds

This story is depressing, with a lead sentence that says it all: “Many of the 11,000 or so Massachusetts consumers who are getting $1,480 checks this week from a well-publicized foreclosure settlement weren’t victims of illegal foreclosures at all.”

You might logically be thinking: How is this possible?

It’s possible because it was slapped together as more of a PR stunt than as an actual attempt to right possible wrongs. As one lawyer involved put it: “This is more political, look-what-I-did-for-you grandstanding.”