Lee Rood, Des Moines Register

Attorney General Tom Miller has assigned a mortgage investigator to review the case of an Ankeny couple who used a more than 100-year-old law to save their house from foreclosure after making a single payment, a spokesman said this week.

Until that review is complete, “it would be premature to say what, if anything, we can do,” Geoff Greenwood said.

Matt and Jamie Danielson blamed a hasty home loan approval by their lender for ultimately being able to keep their house after they proved Jamie did not sign the mortgage in 2007. The Danielsons used that law while in foreclosure and had to make no further payments. The couple won an appeal of their foreclosure case in 2009 before the Iowa Court of Appeals.

After the story about the Danielsons was published last week, the Register learned that the couple had been involved in other home deals that state title guaranty officials called questionable.

Inaccurate statements were also made on Matt Danielson’s signed loan application.

Among them: that he earned $13,000 monthly at a car wholesaler at 1234 Fifth St. in Ankeny – an address where state records show no such business exists.

Matt Danielson told the Register that he and his wife learned of their legal strategy to fight the foreclosure from their lawyer, Jerrold Wanek.

But court records show that a year before the couple went into foreclosure, Jamie Danielson’s cousin got his mortgage voided using the same law requiring both spouses’ signature.

Reached Tuesday, the Danielsons acknowledged they knew about the outcome of the foreclosure case involving Hudson and his wife.

“But we didn’t think we even remotely qualified” for the same thing, Matt Danielson said.

Danielson also said he did not give the salary and address for the car wholesaler as an employer on the loan application obtained by the Register, one of many things contained on the mortgage application that he disputes.

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