Did a Spiked Story Help Lisa Epstein’s Opponent in Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts Race?

By: Monday August 20, 2012 8:15 am

Just days after Lisa Epstein came up short in her bid to win a term as Clerk of Courts in Palm Beach County, local media released a report (conveniently after the election) about criminal investigations into that office. State prosecutors are investigating possible criminal wrongdoing involving three Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller employees responsible [...]

Lisa Epstein Falls Short in Bid for Clerk of Courts in Palm Beach County, Florida

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 9:35 am

To circle back on a previous item, Lisa Epstein, the foreclosure fighter who challenged a long-term incumbent for a position as Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts, amid intimidation from local Democratic Party officials, lost on Tuesday. The final results show that Epstein garnered 27,001 votes, but ended up falling to incumbent Sharon Bock, 76%-24%. [...]

Lisa Epstein Files for Palm Beach County Clerk of Court After Intimidation Campaign By Incumbent

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 8:54 am

I wrote back in April about Lisa Epstein, the foreclosure fraud activist running for Clerk of Courts in Palm Beach County, Florida this year. Lisa officially filed and qualified for the August 14 primary election last week. She’ll face longtime incumbent Sharon Bock, who Lisa believes has done basically nothing to leverage her power to [...]

Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen Sues MERS, Banks, Wants Them to “Fix Their Mess”

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 8:55 am

While Eric Schneiderman’s MERS lawsuit mostly crashed and burned, another suit against the electronic registry, filed just yesterday, appears to have more determination behind it. Jeff Thigpen, the register of deeds for Guilford County, North Carolina, sued MERS, the document processing company Lender Processing Services and several banks and loan servicers, using as evidence the [...]

Pelosi Calls on Holder to Follow Up on Phil Ting Mortgage Document Fraud Study

By: Monday February 20, 2012 6:55 am

Here’s an update to last week’s revelation from San Francisco Recorder-Assessor Phil Ting, that an overwhelming percentage of foreclosure documents he reviewed were found to be at least partially flawed. The two members of Congress who represent San Francisco want Attorney General Eric Holder to convene an investigation. That consists of Jackie Speier and the [...]

Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Received FBI Subpoena on Foreclosures

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 8:20 am

Curtis Hertel of Ingham County is the latest register of deeds to gain notoriety for work exposing foreclosure fraud. Marcy Wheeler reports on how he’s using the evidence collected at his office to push to change Michigan into a judicial foreclosure state. In Lansing today, Ingham County (Lansing Area) Registrar of Deeds, Curtis Hertel and [...]

Thigpen Failed to Meet With President, Economic Advisers on WH Visit

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 12:58 pm

“It was a bust.” That’s what Guilford County register of deeds Jeff Thigpen told me about his visit to the White House last Friday. Many were intrigued by the surprise announcement that Thigpen would be part of a reception and policy briefing some of the nation’s brightest young legislators. He has been at the forefront [...]

Register of Deeds O’Brien Rejects Fraudulent Foreclosure Documents

By: Tuesday June 7, 2011 12:02 pm

Shahien Nasiripour’s latest on the foreclosure fraud settlement asserts that mortgage servicers expect to pay up to $20 billion to settle legal claims from state and federal regulators. They apparently have gotten the message that the fraud allegations are serious enough to rise to this standard. But the talks have not ironed out how much [...]

More Registers of Deeds Must Investigate Mortgage Documents

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 9:10 am

My article in The American Prospect about the heroic registers of deeds working to present evidence that banks committed massive fraud in their documentation and processing of mortgages and foreclosures. Here’s an excerpt: But Jeff Thigpen, the register of deeds in Guilford County, North Carolina, a county of about 465,000 in the center of the [...]

North Carolina Register of Deeds Seeks Money from MERS for Unrecorded Mortgage Transfers

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 8:35 am

Given the reluctance for criminal prosecutions at the state and federal level over foreclosure fraud, whatever meaningful sanctions that result will have to come from the courts, or from investors seeking putbacks. And those will only be monetary, though they have the potential to be crippling. That has been true for some time. But there’s [...]

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