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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation of Lender Processing Services, Inc.

Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation of Lender Processing Services, Inc.


Market Watch-

The investigation concerns whether the Company or its fiduciaries breached their fiduciary duties by improperly processing mortgages and mortgage foreclosures. A civil lawsuit filed in December 2011 by the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Nevada alleges that LPS and certain of its subsidiaries: (1) engaged in a pattern and practice of falsifying, forging and/or fraudulently executing foreclosure related documents, resulting in numerous foreclosures that were predicated upon deficient documentation; (2) fraudulently notarized documents without ensuring that the notary did so in the presence of the person signing the document; (3) implemented a widespread scheme to forge signatures on key documents, to ensure that volume and speed quotas were met; (4) concealed the scope and severity of the fraud by misrepresenting that the problems were limited to clerical errors; (5) improperly directed and/or controlled the work of foreclosure attorneys by imposing inappropriate and arbitrary deadlines that forced attorneys to churn through foreclosures at a rate that sacrificed accuracy for speed; (6) improperly obstructed communication between foreclosure attorneys and their clients; and (7), demanded a kickback/referral fee from foreclosure firms for each case referred to the firm by LPS and allowed this fee to be misrepresented as “attorney’s fees” on invoices passed on to Nevada consumers and/or submitted to Nevada courts.

[MARKET WATCH]

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

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


If this isn’t proof something isn’t smelling right at the Florida’s AG’s office, I don’t know what this is?

When you read David Dayens article, keep in mind where the assignments came from… LPS/DOCx!

FDL-

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 are “misguided” because the settlement would provide a historic level of monetary relief and will overhaul the mortgage industry.

“Rather than engaging in political grandstanding, Attorney General Bondi is working hard to reach an agreement that gets Floridians substantial relief now and holds banks accountable for their misconduct,” Meale wrote.

The settlement is expected to provide $1,800 each for about 750,000 families across the country. It is a response to such practices as “robo-signing” by bank employees who often knew little or nothing about the mortgage documents they were hired to sign.

Nevada, New York, Delaware, New Hampshire and Massachusetts contend the deal isn’t strong enough because it would protect banks from future civil liability.

It will not, though, fully release them from future state criminal lawsuits.

Put aside Bondi’s dissembling for a second …

[FIRE DOG LAKE]

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Lender Processing Services, Inc. Files Motion to Dismiss Nevada Attorney General Complaint

Lender Processing Services, Inc. Files Motion to Dismiss Nevada Attorney General Complaint


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS), a leading provider of integrated technology, data, and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries, today responded to the civil complaint filed by the Nevada Attorney General against the company in December 2011.

In the company’s Motion to Dismiss, LPS makes clear that the Attorney General’s complaint contains significant legal defects which require the court to dismiss the complaint with prejudice.  Perhaps most significantly, LPS points out that the Attorney General’s complaint fails to allege that any document executed by subsidiaries of LPS was incorrect, contained errors, or caused any borrower financial harm.

“LPS filed this Motion to Dismiss in response to the allegations made by the Nevada Attorney General,” said Hugh Harris, LPS president and chief executive officer. “Although we have to defend ourselves against allegations that we believe are untrue, we remain committed to working with the Attorney General’s office to resolve these matters.”

To review the Motion to Dismiss, please click here or visit http://www.lpsvcs.com/LPSCorporateInformation/MultimediaLibrary/PublishingImages/LPS_DefendantsMotionToDismiss.pdf

About Lender Processing Services

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology, services and mortgage performance data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation, portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company’s award-winning customer support and professional services. Approximately 50 percent of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using LPS’ loan servicing platform, MSP. LPS also offers proprietary mortgage and real estate data and analytics for the mortgage and capital markets industries. For more information about LPS, visit www.lpsvcs.com.

SOURCE Lender Processing Services, Inc.

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Lawyer seeks class status for robo-signing lawsuit against LPS

Lawyer seeks class status for robo-signing lawsuit against LPS


This is hardly the beginning. It’s just getting started.

CBS-

(AP)  LAS VEGAS — A lawyer in Las Vegas has filed a civil lawsuit seeking class-action status on behalf of homeowners he says have been hurt by the filing of fraudulent foreclosure documents during an alleged “robo-siging” scheme.

Matthew Callister said he wants a state judge to stop tainted home sales and evictions and order Lender Processing Services Inc. and several bank and mortgage companies to modify loans and pay monetary damages to affected homeowners.

“This is to say, ‘Stop. Let us try to modify the loan appropriately,'” Callister said. “Then we’ll seek damages.”

[CBS NEWS]

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Nevada AG says outsourcing claims by lender ‘groundless’

Nevada AG says outsourcing claims by lender ‘groundless’


Someone best remind LPS of what the Nevada Attorney General is capable of!

She has opened the doors for other great AG’s to follow her footsteps. We’re sure to see in the very near future.

LVRJ-

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto called allegations that her office improperly outsourced a foreclosure document robosigning investigation “groundless.”

The claim was made by Lender Processing Services Inc., the nation’s largest lender services company, after Masto filed a lawsuit on Friday claiming the company participated in a widespread fraud involving robosignings and other deceptive practices.

[LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL]

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Lender Processing Services drops on fraud charges

Lender Processing Services drops on fraud charges


Nevada attorney general accuses the company of document fraud and illegal fee-splitting. Shares are likely to continue to decline.

 
MSN-

The shares of Lender Processing Services (LPS +1.87%) came under fire Friday, dropping nearly 20% on unusually high volume after Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto filed fraud charges against the company.

Although LPS, a billion-dollar company by market capitalization, has several business lines, the fraud charges relate to its largest (by revenue) default services division. Given the nature of the charges and the mound of evidence AG Masto cites in the complaint, Friday’s fall in share price is likely only the beginning.

In recent years, LPS’s default servicing division has come under fire for two practices central to the attorney general’s charges: document fraud and illegal fee-splitting. Both types of claims go right to the heart of LPS’s business model.

[MSN MONEY]

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LPS Responds to Allegations from Nevada Attorney General

LPS Responds to Allegations from Nevada Attorney General


How dare they call AG Masto’s allegations false!

They will not survive this time around as the complaint is pretty much bulletproof.

PRNEWS-

Unfortunately, the company’s efforts to engage in meaningful discussions with the Nevada Attorney General’s office have been frustrated by the Nevada Attorney General’s decision to outsource its investigation to Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, a plaintiff’s law firm located in Washington, D.C., in apparent violation of Nevada law.  The complaint highlights misconceptions about LPS and seeks to sensationalize a variety of false allegations in a misleading manner. 

[PRNEWSWIRE]

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Critics: Bondi lax in pursuing big mortgage lenders amid continuing foreclosure crisis

Critics: Bondi lax in pursuing big mortgage lenders amid continuing foreclosure crisis


Lax is a major understatement given the Atomic Bomb Nevada AG just dropped… on an Organization Bondi claims is investigating, with headquarters in Florida!

Orlando Sentinel-

As attorneys general in other foreclosure-battered states step up their investigations into fraudulent mortgage practices by large U.S. banks, some Florida groups are accusing state Attorney General Pam Bondi of being soft on the giant lenders.

Florida’s Democratic state senators recently released a video that targets Bondi, a Republican elected to a nonpartisan office. Titled “Ignoring the Florida Foreclosure Crisis,” the video contrasts new fraud investigations launched by California Attorney General Kamala Harris with controversial forced resignations of two key mortgage-fraud investigators in Bondi’s Fort Lauderdale office.

[ORLANDO SENTINEL]

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NV AG Masto Strikes Again, Likely Slaying Lender Processing Services

NV AG Masto Strikes Again, Likely Slaying Lender Processing Services


RiiiiiiiiCCCCooooLLLLLaaaaaaaa!

Where does this leave an old post from last May via a former employee that alleged LPS Used TARP Funds to Cover-Up Assignment of Mortgage conflicts? If in fact, this comes to be true?

Abigail Field-

Document fraud infects many if not most foreclosures across the country, and Lender Processing Services (LPS) is a major reason why. As a result, many are celebrating Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto’s civil fraud suit against the company. Her suit details, based on numerous witnesses’ testimony, documents, and other evidence, how LPS’s business model was deceptive and fraudulent.

LPS organized its workforce to churn out documents that were replete with lies, improperly directed foreclosure and bankruptcy attorneys, misrepresented its fees, and made numerous misleading statements to investors. Frankly, it’s hard to see how LPS survives this suit and the shareholder and other cases that are sure to follow.

The suit’s tremendous clarity and detail raise several questions beyond “when will LPS declare bankruptcy?”

[REALITY CHECK]

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COMPLAINT | STATE OF NEVADA vs. LENDER PROCESSING SERVICES INC., FIS, DOCX

COMPLAINT | STATE OF NEVADA vs. LENDER PROCESSING SERVICES INC., FIS, DOCX


STATE OF NEVADA

Plaintiff

vs.

LENDER PROCESSING SERVICES INC.;

FIDELITY NATIONAL IINFORMATION SERVICES INC.;

LPS DEFAULT SOLUTIONS INC.;

DOCX, LLC; DOES 1-XX,

Defendants

EXCERPTS:

5. Following the exposure of deceptive document execution practices at DOCX

[…]

15 Georgia, LPS then misrepresented that it had processes and internal controls in place at the LPS
16 Default Solutions office in Minnesota to ensure that affidavits were signed properly and in
17 accordance with industry standard. LPS senior executives expressly contradicted these
18 representations in sworn court testimony.

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Nevada AG officially sues LPS for allegedly falsifying foreclosure documents, consumer fraud

Nevada AG officially sues LPS for allegedly falsifying foreclosure documents, consumer fraud


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer López
DATE: December 16, 2011 702-486-3782

NEVADA ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES LENDER PROCESSING
SERVICES FOR CONSUMER FRAUD

Carson City, NV – Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced today a lawsuit against Lender Processing Services, Inc., DOCX, LLC, LPS Default Solutions,
Inc. and other subsidiaries of LPS (collectively known “LPS”) for engaging in deceptive practices against Nevada consumers.

The lawsuit, filed on December 15, 2011, in the 8th Judicial District of Nevada, follows an extensive investigation into LPS’ default servicing of residential mortgages in
Nevada, specifically loans in foreclosure. The lawsuit includes allegations of widespread document execution fraud, deceptive statements made by LPS about
efforts to correct document fraud, improper control over foreclosure attorneys and the foreclosure process, misrepresentations about LPS’ fees and services, and evidence of an overall press for speed and volume that prevented the necessary and proper focus on accuracy and integrity in the foreclosure process.

“The robo-signing crisis in Nevada has been fueled by two main problems: chaos and
speed,” said Attorney General Masto. “We will protect the integrity of the foreclosure
process. This lawsuit is the next, logical step in holding the key players in the
foreclosure fraud crisis accountable.”

The lawsuit alleges that LPS:

1) Engaged in a pattern and practice of falsifying, forging and/or fraudulently executing foreclosure related documents, resulting in countless foreclosures that were predicated upon deficient documentation;

2) Required employees to execute and/or notarize up to 4,000 foreclosure related documents every day;

3) Fraudulently notarized documents without ensuring that the notary did so in the presence of the person signing the document;

4) Implemented a widespread scheme to forge signatures on key documents, to ensure that volume and speed quotas were met;

5) Concealed the scope and severity of the document execution fraud by misrepresenting that the problems were limited to clerical errors;

6) Improperly directed and/or controlled the work of foreclosure attorneys by imposing inappropriate and arbitrary deadlines that forced attorneys to churn through foreclosures at a rate that sacrificed accuracy for speed;

7) Improperly obstructed communication between foreclosure attorneys and their clients; and

8 ) Demanded a kickback/referral fee from foreclosure firms for each case referred to the firm by LPS and allowed this fee to be misrepresented as “attorney’s fees” on invoices passed on to Nevada consumers and/or submitted to Nevada courts.

LPS’ misconduct was confirmed through testimony of former employees, interviews of servicers and other industry players, and extensive review of more than 1 million pages of relevant documents. Former employees and industry players describe LPS as an assembly-line sweatshop, churning out documents and foreclosures as fast as new
requests came in and punishing network attorneys who failed to keep up the pace.

LPS is the nation’s largest provider of default mortgage services, processing more than fifty percent of all foreclosures annually.

The Office of the Nevada Attorney General recently indicted Gary Trafford and Gerri Sheppard as part of a separate, criminal investigation into the conduct of robo-signing
scheme which resulted in the filing of tens of thousands of fraudulent documents with the Clark County Recorder’s Office between 2005 and 2008.

Nevada homeowners who are in foreclosure or are facing foreclosure are advised to seek assistance as soon as possible. Homeowners can find information for a counseling
agency approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by calling 800-569-4287 or by visiting http://1.usa.gov/NVCounselingAgencies.

Additional information on foreclosure resources can be found at www.foreclosurehelp.nv.gov.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should contact the Attorney General’s Office hotline at 702-486-3132 (when promoted select “0”) to obtain information on how to submit a written complain. Nevada consumers can file a complaint with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office about LPS by sending a letter with copies of any supporting documentation to the Nevada Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection: 555 E. Washington Ave Suite 3900, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

Read the complaint by visiting: http://bit.ly/LPScomplaint
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Robo-Signers Please Stand Up! NV AG Office Encourage YOU to Call and File a Complaint NOW!

Robo-Signers Please Stand Up! NV AG Office Encourage YOU to Call and File a Complaint NOW!


This is your chance before your bosses throw you under the bus! Most of us understand you were told what to do and how to do it. Your bosses may have said you had a special “surrogate license” to sign away other co-workers names… but?

This isn’t limited to just Nevada.

Do yourself a favor and if you’re part of this epidemic file a complaint.

 

8NewsNow-

One of two accused home loan robo-signers faced a judge for the first time Wednesday. Former loan title officer Gerri Shepperd pleaded not guilty to more than 600 counts of fraud.

The Nevada Attorney General’s Office charged Shepperd with paying notaries to forge signatures on home loans to speed up the foreclosure process. The AG says this fraud affects tens of thousands of Nevada home loans.

[8NEWSNOW]

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Nevada Grand Jury transcripts in Foreclosure Fraud case released – Trafford Sheppard GJ Trascript Day 2

Nevada Grand Jury transcripts in Foreclosure Fraud case released – Trafford Sheppard GJ Trascript Day 2


PART 1: Nevada Grand Jury transcripts in Foreclosure Fraud case released – Trafford Sheppard GJ Trascript Day 1

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Nevada Grand Jury transcripts in Foreclosure Fraud case released – Trafford Sheppard GJ Trascript Day 1

Nevada Grand Jury transcripts in Foreclosure Fraud case released – Trafford Sheppard GJ Trascript Day 1


Isn’t this what LPS’s DOCx called:

Surrogate signers” signing countless foreclosure documents – with someone else’ name?

 

Many thanks to MYNEWS3 for these.

Begin on page 17:

Excerpt pg 22:

Through the course of this investigation, I’ve learned that the name has been changed a number of times. Chicago Title being one of the names that was used. LPS, Lender Processing Services. LPS, Default Title & Closing, LSI Title, Fidelity National Default. It’s a variety of names.

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[VIDEO] CA AG Harris and NV AG Masto Foreclosure Fraud Investigation Announcement

[VIDEO] CA AG Harris and NV AG Masto Foreclosure Fraud Investigation Announcement


We now have AG’s Biden & Schneiderman in the East and AG’s Harris & Masto from the West.

We applaud you.


By on Dec 6, 2011

Attorney General Harris, joined by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, today announced that their states have entered into a joint investigation alliance designed to assist homeowners who have been harmed by misconduct and fraud in the mortgage industry.

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CA and NV attorneys general announce “mortgage investigation alliance” Links resources. Both are non-judicial foreclosure states

CA and NV attorneys general announce “mortgage investigation alliance” Links resources. Both are non-judicial foreclosure states


December 06, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: (415) 703-5837

Attorneys General of California and Nevada Announce Mortgage Investigation Alliance

LOS ANGELES — Attorneys General Kamala D. Harris of California and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada today announced that their states have entered into a joint investigation alliance designed to assist homeowners who have been harmed by misconduct and fraud in the mortgage industry.

By forging this alliance, California and Nevada will combine investigative resources, including litigation strategies, information, and evidence gathered through their respective ongoing investigations, assisting each state as it pursues independent prosecutions.

This alliance will link the offices’ civil and criminal enforcement teams, speeding along the full, fair and adequate investigation of wrongdoing in the two states, which have experienced similar foreclosure and mortgage fraud crises.

“The mortgage crisis is a man-made disaster that has taken a heavy toll on the country, but it saved its worst for California and Nevada,” said California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. “The mortgage crisis is a law enforcement matter, and we will prosecute to hold accountable those who are responsible and also protect the homeowners who are targeted for fraud. I am delighted that California and Nevada are entering into this alliance to leverage the best results for our investigations and look forward to forging similar collaboration with other states.”

“I am pleased to join forces with General Harris to fight against fraudulent mortgage and foreclosure practices that continue to devastate lives, homes, and the economy in Nevada and California,” said Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. “This strong partnership will allow our states to make an even more concerted effort to hold fraud perpetrators accountable and ensure law-abiding homeowners receive justice.”

By most objective measures, California and Nevada have been the states hardest hit by the nation’s foreclosure crisis. In October 2011, Nevada and California ranked first and second, respectively, for the percentage of their housing units that entered the foreclosure process, reflecting a parallel surge in foreclosures in the two states. One in every 180 Nevada properties entered the foreclosure process in October, and one in every 243 California homes received a filing that month. In 2010, California led the nation with a total of 546,669 foreclosure filings (4 percent of the state’s housing units), while Nevada led the nation with 9.4 percent of its homes receiving a foreclosure filing (totaling 106,160 units).

The crisis in these Western states is similar because both states share a foreclosure system in which a bank can foreclose on a borrower’s home without court oversight, also called “non-judicial foreclosure.” The collective result has created a rich opportunity for predators, leading both states to make mortgage-related law enforcement action a top priority.

In May 2011, Attorney General Harris formed a Mortgage Fraud Strike Force, now composed of nearly 40 attorneys and investigators, that has launched a wide series of investigations and litigation. The Mortgage Fraud Strike Force has instigated legal actions in cases including a fraudulent multi-million dollar “mass joinder” lawsuit operated by the law firm Kramer and Kaslow, and the arrests earlier this month of three top officers of a Stockton real estate company who took thousands of dollars in up-front loan modification fees and made false promises to assist struggling Central Valley homeowners with lowering their mortgage payments.

In 2007, Attorney General Masto formed the Nevada Mortgage Fraud Strike Force that launched a wide series of investigations and litigation into areas including violations of the law related to mortgage lending, servicing, and foreclosure practices and the creation, rating, marketing, sale, and management of mortgage backed securities. The Nevada Mortgage Fraud Strike Force has taken action against predatory “mortgage rescue” companies and individuals claiming to offer services to stop foreclosures. Last month, the Strike Force announced the indictments of Gerri Sheppard and Gary Trafford, who led a massive robo-signing scheme which resulted in the filing of tens of thousands of fraudulent documents. Nevada is also suing Bank of America and its subsidiaries, including Countrywide, for violations of a Consent Judgment for mortgage servicing and mortgage origination irregularities.

The Mortgage Investigation Alliance is the product of weeks of discussion between Attorneys General Harris and Masto regarding the most effective and efficient means of achieving justice for their respective states. Today’s announcement formalizes an agreement reached between the two officials last week.

# # #
source: http://oag.ca.gov
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3 Nevada notaries named in foreclosure fraud case

3 Nevada notaries named in foreclosure fraud case


All one has to do is read the following deposition below to understand how well orchestrated this enterprise was. Why no R.I.C.O.?

Deposition Transcript of DOCx, LPS CHERYL DENISE THOMAS

MercuryNews-

Nevada state prosecutors are accusing three more Nevada notaries of falsely attesting to signatures on foreclosure documents filed in a broad mortgage fraud scheme.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that Meghan Shaw, Jennifer Lowe and Joseph Noel were each charged with one charge of notarizing a signature of a person not in their presence. Court records filed last Wednesday refer to Lowe as Jennifer Bloecker.

[ MERCURY NEWS]

Excerpts:

Beginning Pg. 33

that’s when they — well, upon us leaving
anyway, they took up our notary stamps and
everything and destroyed them. But I was
relieved of my duties once moved to
Gwinnett County.

Q. Who — who — I’m sorry, did I miss
that? Who destroyed those documents?

A. I can’t say exactly who destroyed
them. All I know is that Jeffrey
the supervisor in the signing room at that
times, he picked up everyone’s stamp, the
notaries’ stamps.

Q. He took your stamps?

A. He took our stamps. And — and
they were destroying them.

Q. How were they destroying them?

A. I don’t know how. He just said
they were picking up all the stamps, all
of the notary stamps. And they were going
to destroy them, because the company was
closing. And they were only suppose to be
used for that company.

Continue below…

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Witness in LPS foreclosure case an apparent suicide

Witness in LPS foreclosure case an apparent suicide


* Empty medicine bottles found near body-sources

* No suicide note found

* No sign of foul play-Las Vegas police

By Scot J. Paltrow

Nov 30 (Reuters) – A key witness in a Nevada criminal foreclosure fraud case who was found dead on Monday apparently committed suicide, individuals close to the investigation of her death said.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that police had found the body of Tracy Lawrence, a notary, in her Las Vegas apartment shortly after she failed to appear in court for sentencing on a misdemeanor count related to the case.

[REUTERS]

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BREAKING NEWS: Notary “Tracy Lawrence” who blew whistle on foreclosure fraud found dead

BREAKING NEWS: Notary “Tracy Lawrence” who blew whistle on foreclosure fraud found dead


For those who are just following: Lawrence was the whistleblower who turned in LPS’ employees to Nevada AG Masto that led to indictments of robo-signing.

 

LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) —

The notary who signed tens of thousands of false documents in a massive robo-signing scandal case was found dead in her home on Monday.

The notary, 43-year-old Tracy Lawrence, was supposed to be in court at 8:30 Monday morning for her sentencing hearing. When her attorney did not hear from her for more than an hour, Sr. Deputy Attorney General Robert Giunta asked for a bench warrant to be issued for Lawrence. The judge denied the request.

Metro Homicide Detectives are working currently the case. It is unclear if her death was due to natural causes, or if it was a suicide or homicide. Last Monday, Lawrence pled guilty to only one criminal charge of notary fraud.

[KSNV MyNews3]

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Foreclosure mill getting peppered, Linked to the first criminal case brought against alleged robo-signers

Foreclosure mill getting peppered, Linked to the first criminal case brought against alleged robo-signers


In case you wish to read the transcripts from this story check it out: FULL DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPT OF LENDER PROCESSING SERVICES “LPS” SCOTT A. WALTER PART 1 &

FULL DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPT OF LENDER PROCESSING SERVICES SCOTT A. WALTER PART 2 “STEVEN J. BAUM, P.C.”, “O. MAX GARDNER”, “US TRUSTEE”

NY POST-

The stink is growing around the state’s largest foreclosure mill.

The Steven J. Baum law firm, which last month agreed to pay a $2 million fine to settle a federal probe into bogus foreclosure case filings, has now been barred by federal mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from getting any more referrals of home loan defaults owned by either company.

In addition, the 70-lawyer firm is linked to the first criminal case brought against alleged robo-signers.

The criminal case was brought by the Nevada attorney general against two title officers — Gary Trafford and Gerri Sheppard — charged with forging signatures on 606 foreclosure-related mortgage documents.

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LPS Responds to Nevada Attorney General Announcement

LPS Responds to Nevada Attorney General Announcement


Now you know why the others have fled as CeO’s and have done so since last year. Their days are numbered and they might be getting inside information from employees?

As for FL AG Pam Bondi, where are you and why haven’t you come to these conclusions being LPS HQ is in your state?

From the announcement:

The Nevada Attorney General has elected to charge two Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS) employees for document execution and notarization practices related to notices of default and deeds of trust filed in Clark County, Nevada from 2005 to 2008.  Based on the company’s reviews, LPS acknowledges the signing procedures on some of these documents were flawed; however, the company also believes these documents were properly authorized and their recording did not result in a wrongful foreclosure.

“I am deeply committed to ensuring that LPS meets rigorous standards of professional conduct and operating excellence,” said newly appointed LPS President and CEO Hugh Harris. “I have full confidence in the ability of our leadership team and more than 8,000 dedicated employees to deliver on that commitment.”

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Nevada Office of the Attorney General ANNOUNCES indictment in massive clark county robo-signing scheme, Employed by LPS

Nevada Office of the Attorney General ANNOUNCES indictment in massive clark county robo-signing scheme, Employed by LPS


LPS must know by now, they are getting closer and closer to their top Executives.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact:  Jennifer López

702-486-3782

 

 

DATE: November 16, 2011       


Office of the Attorney general ANNOUNCES indictment in massive clark county robo-signing scheme

Defendants to be Held Criminally Accountable for Filing Tens of Thousands of Fraudulent Foreclosure Documents

 

Carson City, NV – The Office of the Nevada Attorney General announced today that the Clark County grand jury has returned a 606 count indictment against two title officers, Gary Trafford and Gerri Sheppard, who directed and supervised a robo-signing scheme which resulted in the filing of tens of thousands of fraudulent documents with the Clark County Recorder’s Office between 2005 and 2008. 

 According to the indictment, defendant Gary Trafford, a California resident, is charged with 102 counts of offering false instruments for recording (category C felony); false certification on certain instruments (category D felony); and notarization of the signature of a person not in the presence of a notary public (a gross misdemeanor).  The indictment charges defendant Gerri Sheppard, also a California resident, with 100 counts of offering false instruments for recording (category C felony); false certification on certain instruments (category D felony); and notarization of the signature of a person not in the presence of a notary public (a gross misdemeanor). 

 ”The grand jury found probable cause that there was a robo-signing scheme which resulted in the filing of tens of thousands of fraudulent documents with the Clark County Recorder’s Office between 2005 and 2008,”said Chief Deputy Attorney General John Kelleher.

 The indictment alleges that both defendants directed the fraudulent notarization and filing of documents which were used to initiate foreclosure on local homeowners. 

The State alleges that these documents, referred to as Notices of Default, or “NODs”, were prepared locally.  The State alleges that the defendants directed employees under their supervision, to forge their names on foreclosure documents, then notarize the signatures they just forged, thereby fraudulently attesting that the defendants actually signed the documents, which was untrue and in violation of State law.  The defendants then allegedly directed the employees under their supervision to file the fraudulent documents with the Clark County Recorder’s office, to be used to start foreclosures on homes throughout the County. 

 The indictment alleges that these crimes were done in secret in order to avoid detection. The fraudulent NODs were allegedly forged locally to allow them to be filed at the Clark County Recorder’s office on the same day they were prepared. 

 District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti has set bail in the amount of $500,000 for Sheppard and $500,000 for Trafford.  The case has been assigned to Department 5 District Court Judge Carolyn Ellsworth who will preside over the case.                      

 Anyone who has information regarding this case is asked to contact the Attorney General’s Office at 702-486-3777 in Las Vegas or 775-684-1180 in Carson City.

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