Press Release | Massachusetts Register of Deeds John O’Brien is First in the Nation to Say NO to Recording Robo-signed Documents

Some quotes from the release…

“the buck stops here”


“My Registry will not be a knowing participant in this fraud against homeowners. From today forward, lenders be on notice, the Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds will not record robo-signed documents.”


“I find this practice very troubling on many levels. It has completely jaded my understanding that a notarized document was something that could be relied upon.”


“If these documents are signed by anyone other than the noted signatories, these notaries and those that employed them should be held accountable for the fraudulent documents that they have produced and the havoc they have caused to chains of title everywhere.”


“Knowing what I now know, it would be a dereliction of my duties as the keeper of the records to record these documents and any other documents that contain questionable signatures. To do so, would make me a willing participant in a continuing scheme which has corrupted the chain of title of thousands of Essex County property owners. I have decided to put a stop to this reckless behavior and hold these lenders and their agents accountable for the authenticity of what they are attempting to record in my Registry. I do not believe this to be unreasonable.”


“Now that Register Thigpen has joined with me, I am hopeful that my other colleagues around the country will also take the same action. I strongly believe that this will send a message, loud and clear, that we as Registers and Recorders of Deeds, whose responsibility it is to protect the integrity of the land recordation system, will not be a party to any fraudulent scheme that may damage individual’s property rights”


Jeff Thigpen joins O’Brien’s effort saying…

“The basic question here is whether we as Recorders are going to sit on our hands, in the face of what appears to be clear fraud or are we going to stand up for 400 years of integrity in land records? John is on the right side of this question and these are reasonable actions that he is taking.”


UPDATE: And then there were two…  PRESS RELEASE | Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen to REJECT Robo-signed Documents



Massachusetts Register of Deeds John O’Brien is first in the nation to say no to recording robo-signed documents

6 Responses to “Press Release | Massachusetts Register of Deeds John O’Brien is First in the Nation to Say NO to Recording Robo-signed Documents”
  1. Rhonda Mills says:

    MY HERO! I knew he was a great person when I emailed him and he responded every time, who does this or even makes time being so busy fighting the fight and standing against formidable forces!! A DECENT HUMAN BEING DOES!!….a true warrior…thanks a million times over!

  2. Kate J says:

    Mr. O’Brian should run for PRESIDENT!

  3. Tim Bryant says:

    This is great news. My understanding from my local ROD in MA, is that the other Registrars will follow suit of Mr. O’Brien, as he was the lead in the investigation.

  4. Fury says:

    thank God!

    john o’brien is helping so many defrauded homeowners by taking a stand.

    as i’ve said before, these Register of Deeds are on the front line of this battle.
    they are charged w/ protecting property law.

    i hope all of the country’s Register of Deeds make the same proclamation.

    blatant breaking of property laws in the banks’ ponzi scheme has got to stop.

    • marilyn lane says:

      I hope the New York Registrar of Deeds sends the message that fraudulent and forged deeds won’t be registered in the New York land records and if it happened before this massive fraud was unraveled, they will correct their records to reflect the true owners.

      I had a dealing with the Massachuesetts Dept of Finance and I found them the most honest, decent people.
      and I am sure they are proud of Mr. O”Brien. Thanks

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