SENATOR ELEANOR SOBEL, REP. DARREN SOTO PROBE DEEPER INTO LENDER PROCESSING SERVICES, PROVEST AND THE FIRINGS OF BONDI’S ASSISTANT ATTORNEYS GENERAL EDWARDS AND CLARKSON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   CONTACT:           MICHELLE DeMARCO

AUGUST 4, 2011                                                                                                                 850.487.5833

 

SENATOR ELEANOR SOBEL, REP. DARREN SOTO PROBE DEEPER INTO FIRINGS OF ASSISTANT ATTORNEYS GENERAL

Seek details under Florida’s public records laws of relationships between Tallahassee/mortgage service company under investigation

 

TALLAHASSEE – State Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) and Representative Darren Soto (D-Orlando) on Thursday launched a probe of their own into the relationships surrounding the abrupt ouster of two top assistant attorneys general investigating widespread mortgage fraud throughout Florida.

“A number of troubling questions have come to our attention involving past and current employees of the Attorney General’s office and at least one mortgage processing company currently under investigation,” the duo wrote to Attorney General Pam Bondi in a formal public records request.  “In particular, we are especially concerned with the sudden departure to Lender Processing Services of your former special counsel, Joe Jacquot, and the subsequent dismissal of two apparently top notch foreclosure fraud attorneys – June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards – from the Department of Legal Affairs.”

The circumstances surrounding Jacquot’s abrupt decision to leave the attorney general’s office sparked the lawmakers’ interest after it was learned that he had been hired in May as a senior vice president for Lender Processing Services, a company which had been under investigation for its role in questionable foreclosures throughout Florida. Jacquot had been named earlier this year as Bondi’s “special counsel.” Within approximately one week after his hiring by the company, assistant attorneys general Clarkson and Edwards were told of their dismissal and that the firings of the investigators “came from the top.” Both Clarkson and Edwards had been at the forefront of uncovering shady practices involving so-called “foreclosure mills” and were leading the probe into Lenders Processing Services.

But Jacquot is not the only connection the company shares with Tallahassee. Yet another Lender Processing Services senior vice president previously worked as general counsel and outside general counsel for the governor’s former health care company, Solantic.

The public records request seeks information specifically related to all communications, including Blackberry transmissions such as PINs and text messages involving top attorneys within the Attorney General’s office and the company, including documents relating to an “introductory meeting” held in March. It also seeks additional details on Provest, a Tampa-based mortgage servicing company also investigated by Edwards and Clarkson.

“Given the powerful ties, the high stakes, and the thousands of Florida homeowners on the line, many of whom I represent, the dismissal of June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, and the ties between Tallahassee and these companies are critical,” said Senator Sobel. “The troubling questions surrounding these firings not only beg closer scrutiny, but deserve substantiated answers.”

“This supplemental information request is a sincere attempt to help determine what happened in regards to these dismissals,” added Rep. Soto. “The public deserves a thorough explanation.”

The move by Senator Sobel and Rep. Soto follows their request this week to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the firings. Last month, Rep. Soto also sought under Florida’s public records laws documentation substantiating claims by Bondi’s office that both Edwards and Clarkson were terminated due to “poor performance.”

A copy of the latest Sobel/Soto public records request below.

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 08-04-11 Bondi 119 Request-RELEASE-FINAL

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21 Responses to “SENATOR ELEANOR SOBEL, REP. DARREN SOTO PROBE DEEPER INTO LENDER PROCESSING SERVICES, PROVEST AND THE FIRINGS OF BONDI’S ASSISTANT ATTORNEYS GENERAL EDWARDS AND CLARKSON”
  1. Tried says:

    It would be helpful to run ChoicePoint/LexuxNexus address searches using name variations correlated with state real estate court database and in depth MERS searches, PeopleSearch’s, along with Experian and the other credit reports to help find ‘unusual’ data. Such as many addresses of the same or variations of the same person where they never lived, date of birth discrepancies Maybe that of known others. Discrepancies in database data is a likely indicator, a CLUE to ID THEFT AND FRAUD (financial/mortgage fraud, concealment, money laundering, tax fraud, etc).

    • Tried says:

      The level of sophistication used by the financial/mortgage fraud thugs and the degree of organization employed in the racket so as to provide insulation, concealment is unbelievable. By its very nature it must ‘go to the top’ IMHO. Remember NO criminal believes they can be or will be BOTH caught AND prosecuted. That is the nature of crime.

  2. Imanda Waldon says:

    Does anyone know Martinez&Wilhelm, “Gregory Wilhelm”? I am looking at hiring these folks for foreclosure defense. After being strung by another attorney for 5 years, I am really gun shy. The mentioned attorneys handle Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties. They seem very knowledgable. We have ONE more chance and we cant afford to hire the WRONG attorneys.

  3. Readdocs says:

    Go over here http://www.msfraud.org/forum.htm
    And read this thread: William A. Roper, Jr.
    02/14/11 at 01:55 AM
    It is located just below todays threads.

    Bank of America as sold off millions of mortgages to U.S.Bank. The whole of its securitization business.

  4. Readdocs says:

    All y’all, read this. It might make you feel a little better.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903366504576488100257382130.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection
    Mortgage Insurer PMI Warns of Shutdown

    What goes around, comes around. And now those who sowed bad seed, will reap the same.

  5. housemanrob says:

    WWOOWW! text messages and pin#. Now I hope they can collect some good evidence. No……. I pray!

    • lvent says:

      AH, THE DIRTY PIN NUMBERS……….THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH ALOT OF FRAUD WITH PIN NUMBERS…..THEY CHANGED MY PIN NUMBER (PROPERTY INDEX NUMBER) TO MY RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE……..AN ATTORNEY AT THE RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE GAVE ME MY OLD PIN AND I FOUND ALL OF THE ORIGINATION FRAUD WAS HIDDEN THERE UNDER THE OLD PIN………………….SNEAKY, SNEAKY……………………..COME ON AMERICA…………. LET’S TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM THIS FOREIGN TYRANNY…………………..THEY DON’T OWN SHIT BECA– USE OF THE ORIGINATION FRAUD………………….THEY DESTROYED THEIR OWN CONTRACTS BECA– USE OF RAMPANT FRAUD THEY DESTROYED ALL OF THE ORIGINAL NOTES AND MORTGAGES, ALL OF THE EVIDENCE OF ALL THEIR FRAUD…THEY LOST TRACK OF OWNERSHIP OF THESE LOANS BECA– USE THEY NEVER WERE LOANS…. BECA– USE OF THEIR PONZI SCHEME AND ALL OF THEIR FRAUD OUR HOMES ARE PAID FOR FREE AND CLEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……….GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

      • I vent….I agree…I see where CONgress is not well liked right now…much more % and they will have an 100% disapproval ….GEE, I wonder why? (cough-cough) I thought they were at 100% for the past many years….I found them guilty before proven innocent….LOL
        We are on the way to get our country back…many mountains to climb…but we can and will do it…we are survivers…..BUT let’s not faulter one minute…..all eyes and ears need to stay tuned so we can jump on all issues. And I agree ….all States need to do the same…start an investigation on their Attorney General. an outside investigation….. we are so greatful for the 2 (Senator and Rep. ) that have come forth with help. I guess if you seek and scream loud enough someone will hear ya…….

  6. macy says:

    What is LPS under investigation for? They are on my docs too.

    • lvent says:

      LPS IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR FORECLOSURE FRAUD……………………..MANUFACTURING OF MISSING DOCUMENTS AND FORGERY. A/K/A ROBSIGNING……They actually aided and abetted the pretender lenders who do not own our loans and never did…………….. THERE ARE 7 ELEMENTS TO PLEAD A STATE ACTIONABLE RICO CLAIM:

      (1.) that the defendant
      (2.) through the commission of 2 or more acts
      (3.) constituting a pattern
      (4) of “racketeering activity”
      (5.) DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY INVESTS IN, OR MAINTAINS AN INTEREST IN OR PARTICIPATES IN
      (6.) an “enterprise undertaking”
      (7.) the activities of which affect interstate or foreign commerce.

      Plaintiff seeks treble monetary damages………….

      RICO provides for severe criminal and civil penalties for persons who engage in a “pattern of racketeering activity” or “collection of an “unlawful debt” and have a specified relationship to an “enterprise” that effects interstate commerce………..

      The statute was developed principaly for combatting organized crime, but is also used against white collar (financial fraud/securities fraud)

    • housemanrob says:

      For being nothing but lyin’ cheatin’, scumbag robosigners, etc!

    • lizinsarasota says:

      Where ya been, girl?

    • lizinsarasota says:

      Sorry, seriously, how do you know it’s a Lender Processing Services document?
      What KIND of document?
      Who signed it?
      Who notarized it?
      Who was the attorney/law firm involved?

      If you do in fact have LPS docs, you need to get thyself to a lawyer asap.

  7. see says:

    Gee, I wonder how many pieces of paper will suddenly come into light to show that the 2 attys dismissed were too tough on the foreclosure mills. I like the statement “should any of this public records request be denied….” Bet they wont say “we deny these records because we are trying to save our asses.” What is so amusing is the AG Office thinks people cannot see the dirty business.

  8. noel poe says:

    whoa! sobel, that’s my rep, and she…did something! cold day in hell!

  9. Jim Bethea says:

    I do hope they keep the heat turned up on this issue ~~ if so then most likely we will see a compiracy amount the texts, emails and phone numbers………The get the ROPE OUT…

  10. angry&NOT TAKING IT! says:

    Melanie… agreed “NOW WE NEED ALL 50 STATES TO DO THIS” or run the risk of “ouster” after an examination
    of possible ties that exploring WHY the AG “best interest” is NOT the general public “most effected” property owners, homeowners!

    • Ron Moss says:

      If this can be contagious. My state of Washington need a little of the same. My Attorney General is influenced by his contributors, Wells Fargo, Bank of America or Italy, WA-MU now owned by JP Morgan Chase and his Consuner Protection head, James Sugarman.

  11. Melanie Thomas says:

    NOW WE NEED ALL 50 STATES TO DO THIS!!! IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!!

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