Formal Criminal Charge Filed in Florida Against Lorraine Brown, President of Notorious Foreclosure Document Processor DocX UPDATE: Plea Deal

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 10:55 am

The US Attorney in the Middle District of Florida, Robert O’Neill, has submitted an information, basically a criminal charge without the use of a grand jury for the indictment, of Lorraine Brown, the founder of DocX, for the fraudulent production of mortgage assignments, notarizations, and other documents used to foreclose on borrowers (h/t 4closure fraud). [...]

Scott Brown Worked as a Real Estate Attorney For Notorious Document Fraudster LPS

By: Friday September 28, 2012 7:10 am

I agree with Matt Latimer that the Massachusetts Senate race has taken an ugly turn into sideshow. Scott Brown, concerned about the prospect of losing, threw the kitchen sink at Elizabeth Warren in the first debate, and ever since then, the race has been dominated by anecdote, trivia and out-of-context finger-pointing. So I don’t want [...]

LPS Wiggles Out of Criminal Prosecution in Missouri

By: Friday August 3, 2012 7:35 am

You may remember that there was one big criminal case in the foreclosure fraud scandal leading up to the settlement. Missouri Attorney General John Koster indicted Lorraine Brown, the founder and former President of the document processor DocX, for forgery and making false declarations on mortgage documents. The assumption here was that you could go [...]

The Real Foreclosure Fraud Story: Corruption of the Land Title System

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 10:55 am

George Zornick carries a rebuttal from Eric Schneiderman’s team on yesterday’s damaging expose of the securitization fraud working group. Here’s what it has to say: • There are 50 staffers “across the country” working on the RMBS working group (the official title). • DoJ has asked for $55 million for additional staffing. • The five [...]

Report: Massachusetts, Nevada Would Have to Give Up Foreclosure Fraud Suits to Join Deal

By: Monday February 6, 2012 10:11 am

We learned on Friday that Eric Schneiderman’s suit against MERS and three banks using MERS represented a carve-out on the final foreclosure fraud settlement. There was speculation, stoked by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, that other states might have carve-outs or grandfathered suits, so they would be able to pursue those investigations and prosecutions and still [...]

LPS Uses Bogus Florida IG Report on Firing of Foreclosure Fraud Investigators in Motion to Dismiss Nevada Lawsuit

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 12:23 pm

We’re at T-minus four days for sign-ons to the foreclosure fraud settlement, and we know that Florida’s Pam Bondi is on board, despite pushback from advocates in her state, ground zero for the foreclosure crisis. There’s an interesting nugget buried in this article, though. Bondi spokeswoman Jennifer Meale said in an email that their concerns [...]

Florida AG Office Encouraged to Intervene on Behalf of Foreclosure Fraudster LPS

By: Wednesday January 11, 2012 8:15 am

As I explained in my story on the whitewashing of the firing of two foreclosure fraud investigators in Florida, the Attorney General’s office appeared to be advocating for the interests of the targets of their investigations more than the public interests advocated by the AG’s own lawyers. Now that advocacy has been revealed as explicit. [...]

IG Report Whitewashes Firing of Foreclosure Fraud Investigators in Florida

By: Monday January 9, 2012 7:22 am

A remarkable report from an Inspector General in Florida not only clears the state Attorney General’s office for the firings of two foreclosure fraud investigators, it accuses bloggers and advocates of dictating and controlling investigations, sometimes for nakedly personal reasons. The story, which most clearly resembles the US Attorney scandal of the Bush era, requires [...]

Nevada AG Masto Sues LPS for Document Fraud

By: Friday December 16, 2011 12:16 pm

In case you were wondering whether Nevada’s indictment of a couple Lender Processing Services employees on robo-signing charges would be the end of the fraud prosecutions, with a Lynndie England-like prosecution of the low-level grunts and not the higher-ups, you can wonder no more. Today, Nevada’s Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto, filed suit against LPS [...]

LPS Whistleblower Turns Up Dead

By: Wednesday November 30, 2011 8:59 am

Tracy Lawrence, a whistleblower who robo-signed tens of thousands of foreclosure documents and then aided the state of Nevada in their eventual indictments over the scheme, turned up dead yesterday: NBC station KSNV of Las Vegas reported that the woman, Tracy Lawrence, 43, was scheduled to be sentenced Monday morning after she pleaded guilty this [...]

In Response, LPS Admits to Robo-Signing Deficiencies for Indicted Ex-Employees

By: Thursday November 17, 2011 2:38 pm

Responding to the indictment of two of its employees in a mass robo-signing scheme, Lender Processing Services, a mortgage document processing company, appeared to admit to flaws in its foreclosure documentation process. In their statement on the indictment, LPS acknowledged that they were told of an inquiry by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and [...]

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