CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former Marine will serve as mortgage-foreclosure settlement liaison for Attorney General Darrell McGraw's Save Our Homes task force, the attorney general's office announced Monday.
Ryan Williams, of Charleston, will assist the state's struggling homeowners with foreclosure relief and loan modification options, assist with benefit application and track the progress of consumer's claims under the mortgage-foreclosure settlement with five major banks last month.
"It's a blessing and an honor to be afforded this opportunity to serve the people of West Virginia," Williams said in a news release from the attorney general's office. "I look forward to assisting Attorney General McGraw in his efforts to right the people of this state."
Williams is a former bomb squad leader with the Marine Corps who was honorably discharged last year. He graduated from Sherman High School in Boone County and earned a degree from World Harvest Bible College in Columbus. He is studying paralegal law at Kanawha Valley College.
McGraw established the Save Our Homes program after last month's settlement with five major banks: Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Bank of America and GMAC/Ally. West Virginia homeowners will get $33 million as a part of the $25 billion landmark settlement. The settlement resolved claims of foreclosure and mortgage servicing abuses.Through the Save Our Homes initiative, advocates from the Consumer Protection Division will assist homeowners in getting financial relief under the foreclosure settlement and help them stay in their homes.