PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a frightening thought for any family, even though they paid their mortgage on time – some are being forced out of their homes with little or no warning.

It’s an occurrence that is happening here in our area.

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“I had done what they asked and I felt that they betrayed me,” said Tina Rider, a single mother.

Having fallen behind on her mortgage, Rider thought she had saved her house when she entered into a lender-approved plan with a lower interest rate. But even though she says she didn’t miss a payment, deputies posted her home for sheriff sale, ordering Rider and her kids out the first week of January.

“Right in the dead of winter, right after Christmas,” she said.

Rider is still in her house thanks to Pittsburgh attorney Patrick Loughren who has sued the Philadelphia law firm of Goldbeck, McCafferty and McKeever who handled her foreclosure.

In court papers, Loughren says the Goldbeck firm had non-lawyers reviewing foreclosures, which should have been reviewed by lawyers, and then signing the lawyer’s names.

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In his filing, Loughren shows three foreclosure actions supposedly signed by partner Michael McKeever in three different hand styles.

“What you’ve got is a bunch of imposters tying to practice law,” Loughren said.

As a result of these processing concerns by Goldbeck and other firms, sheriff sales in Allegheny County are at a 30 year low. This month, the usually-packed country courtroom where sheriff sales are held was half empty.

Sheriff Bill Mullen says: “You just can’t throw people out of their house without due process, without going through the correct procedure that were established by written law and by the courts.”

Rider says she’s not alone.

“I don’t know how they can do that, go to sleep at night, look themselves in the mirror, because it’s not just me, it’s not special case,” she said.

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