Foreclosure Fraud | Lender Processing Services (LPS) Robo-signer Whisleblower Found Dead in Nevada

Foreclosure fraud whistleblower found dead

By staff

A notary public who signed tens of thousands of false documents in a massive foreclosure scam before blowing the whistle on the scandal has been found dead in her Las Vegas home.

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 month to notarizing the signature of an individual not in her presence. She failed to show up for her hearing, and police found her body at her home later in the day.

It could not immediately be determined whether Lawrence, who faced up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000, died of susicide or of natural causes, KSNV reported. Detectives said they had ruled out homicide.

Lawrence came forward earlier this month and blew the whistle on the operation, in which title officers Gary Trafford, 49, of Irvine, Calif., and Geraldine Sheppard, 62, of Santa Ana, Calif. — who worked for a Florida processing company used by most major banks to process repossessions — allegedly forged signatures on tens of thousands of default notices from 2005 to 2008.

Trafford and Sheppard were charged two weeks ago with 606 counts of offering false instruments for recording, false certification on certain instruments and notarization of the signature of a person not in the presence of a notary public. You can read a .pdf version of their indictment here.

Rest from MSNBC here…

Hmmm… Suicide or a warning to others?

UPDATE 8:54pm EST:

Witness in Alleged Robo-Signing Case Dies

State witness Tracy Lawrence was found dead by Las Vegas Metro Police officers Monday morning. They were called to her apartment by the Attorney General’s office after she missed a Monday morning court hearing.

The Attorney General’s office says she was going to be sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of fraudulent notarizing. She was one of four notaries cooperating with the state in exchange for lighter sentences.

She faced up to a year in prison for forging signatures enabling title companies to rush Nevada home foreclosures. Title loan officers Gary Trafford and Gerri Shepperd of Lender Processing Services were indicted on more than 600 felony charges.

Well, it looks like the other three notaries might just come up with rare cases of amnesia…

This is so beyond scandalous…


29 Responses to “Foreclosure Fraud | Lender Processing Services (LPS) Robo-signer Whisleblower Found Dead in Nevada”
  1. The banks might have already been paid back by several unidentified investors on your home loan, multiple times, and by credit default swaps and insurance! A potential insurance fraud! Then the taxpayer had to bailout AIG! Now they want the homeowner to pay them again!”
    If the chain of title is broken or you can prove that your loan was concurrently pledged to multiple Trusts, then essentially, I have heard that the borrowers will NO LONGER OWE ANY MONEY ON THE LOAN WHERE AN ASSET HAS BEEN SOLD TO MULTIPULE BENEFICIARIE.
    My name is John Wright AND I AM FIGHTING BACK!
    John’s Daily Blog:
    John Wright

  2. TheHutMaster says:

    The dirtball scumbags @ LPS should all be jailed. We are NOT scared of these assholes and, I invite any of the scumbags to come fishing with me. I would be a DEEP adventure.

    “Fight The Good Fight”
    Every Minute, Every Day.

  3. Carlos Dehesa says:

    Tracy Lawrence’s crime could be legal as well as others that are being committed but the truth is known worldwide.

  4. Carlos Dehesa says:

    Now they are showing their claws. We are dealing with the mafia, there will be no mercy unless Don Corleone advocates for homeowners.

    With these acts we belong to the third world.

  5. Nora says:

    In the chapter named “Overture”, of Daniel Estulin’s book, The True Story of The Bilderberg Group, he writes an account of an important event in Canada: Canada had been stage managed by the political forces who were in favor of a North American Union, which would effectively sell out Canada and wreck her financially, and in the way of this process firmly stood French speaking Quebec. By making Quebec think that the rest of Canada wanted them to secede through the Quebec Referendum, where the rest of Canada was supposed to vote on wether Quebec should be pushed out, Quebec was led to believe that the rest of the Provinces hated them and wanted them to secede. But a relatively small group of patriots–38,000 to be exact, traveled to Quebec and spent weeks pleading with them not to secede to prevent the breaking up and destruction of Canada. Citizens from all over Canada convinced those in Quebec to stay. With the political conspiratists unable to break Canada up, these patriotic folks saved the country. There are 320 million people there! If 3% of the population can be this effective when they unite, why are we sitting around drinking coffee and blaming our congress? We have the power, in our numbers, to achieve anything we so choose. No cartel, no corporation, no enemy can defeat a united force the size of ours. There is both manpower and science in our ranks; we have technology, we have weapons, we need to begin the second civil war and take out these evil people who think they are gods. What is stopping us from marching en masse into their stronghold and arresting them? Are we waiting for them to install another puppet in the white house, in the hopes that the popular vote will actually reflect what the people want? Because that’s not going to happen. They’ve been rigging the elections for decades, keeping us entertained and occupied with stupid meaningless debates that are intended to make us think one candidate is preferable over another, when they select the new puppet! The ogliarch owned media has blacked out Ron Paul’s campaign, but their tricks aren’t working. He has risen each time there’s a poll, and he will be elected by a landslide. Will we stand for it when they claim he didn’t win? I don’t think so. We need his leadership, his knowledge, and his well thought out plan to restore the republic, but most of all we need his straight shooting, say what needs to be said attitude, and loyalty to the Constitution that made this country great, until a bunch of bankers managed to get their claws in her. He knows how dangerous it is to be a president who truly serves the people, and yet he has the guts to run. We will protect him, and we will charge the criminals and put them in their own concentration camps, to die by the guillotines they intended to use on us, after we’ve convicted them of murder, treason, racketeering, theft…

  6. Nora says:

    Not all of our legislative branch have been bought out! Dennis Kucinuch, Alan Grayson, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, these names stand for truth, and the list of names is growing, as we spread the word of what the banks are really up to, which is impoverishing us so that we are less likely to resist their regime.
    We need to inundate our senators and congressmen with our stories, and warn them that they will be out of a job if the banks takeover is allowed to continue unchecked. We the people will stop it.
    There is a subtranet, a quasi-government that is run by the military industrial complex–it’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s a fact–that is behind in the shadows, and the legitimate government is only now becoming aware of. It is run by the wealthy families that own the private, federal reserve cartel, like the de Rothchilds, the Rockefellers, the Kuhn Loeb brothers, the Warburgs. They have written in laws that allow them to steal with impunity, and gotten the laws that restrict them to legal operation repealed. The have all the regulatory agencies on the payroll, or the people are former Goldman Sachs employees who are like minded and no threat to their monopolistic coo.

  7. chunga says:

    Anyone who thought the scope of foreclosure fraud consisted of a bunch of deadbeats who lied on their loan application needs to think again. If enough people realize it is unlikely their mortgages would pass legal muster and their moral contract ain’t worth a shit everyone would stop paying.

    We can’t have that now can we? You speak out – you die. Simple as that.

    I have been saying this for a long time. A non-performing loan is worth much more than a performing loan.

    How f*cked up is that?

    The National Keystone Kops will get to the bottom of this. Later.

    Right now they’re hot on the trail of the Natalie Wood murder mystery.

    • lvent says:

      So true chunga…I told an attorney I tried to help some homeowners in fraudclosure and he told me point blank, you better be careful… Obama can’t even stop foreclosures in his own state. They want the people in the dark. I was in fraudclosure court yesterday and they are stealing homes and flats left and right…It is like clockwork except for 1 or 2 attorneys asking for discovery and I was the only pro se that I saw yesterday..The Judges are not running the courtrooms…There were more bank attorneys than property owners in there yesterday…it was wall to wall bank attorneys and the bank attorneys are pretty much telling the judge what to do…Any dissenters are quickly quashed and sent out of the courtroom…It is .like how dare you ask for something that you know we dont have? The Judges should just not even come to the bench because they are not running the courtrooms anyway..They let the bank attorneys tell them what to do…Where are the reporters and the Occupy protestors? They need to witness this..This is REAL NEWS….!

  8. Anonymous says:

    When judges start dying suddenly, then we wonder what will be said then!

  9. lies is all they tell says:

    when is someone like the president we elected going to step up to the plate and stop these mass mursers and stop our children from being homeless. how much more can be uncovered. it is all uncovered now. the loans are fake, underwriting was non-existent and we all lost the equity in ur homes and jobs . What just does not make sense to me is that if our homes had equity and we lost our jobs we would just sell our homes. pay off our bills and rent. but they can not expect us to walk away from homes we put all our retirement money on. money that was earned by the sweat of our brow. i worked 12 hour shifts throughout my kids child hoods to support them, feed them, clothe them, just to be made homeless when they are all teenagers and we are 10 yrs from retirement. what sense does this make people. when with distgusting attack on us end. the stress is killing me.

    • notmyhomyournot says:

      The government has the means to clear out all these banks, but refuse to do so with the executive order that JFK signed into law which was ignored after JFK was killed. This order is 11110 and would have put all the banks out of business because the government would be printing our own money on the weight of gold and silver, instead of the federal reserve notes that are nothing but debt backed paper. It is still on the books, and no President wants to be assassinated for bucking the big banks. So why can’t “We the PEOPLE” force the government to bring this order into play and save this country. JFK was assassinated six months after signing it. People wake up! If the Presidents are afraid of TBTF banks and the federal reserve then maybe they should be impeached for not following the law, and be put in jail for 20 years for treason if they don’t follow our constitution.

      • notmyhomyournot says:

        Let’s ask Ron Paul if he has the guts to buck the Banks if “We the PEOPLE” provide so much security behind him that anyone who attempts to assassionate him will rot in prison along with the Wall Street punks who back such an assassination, with no if and or but about it! How about we vote for the first man who signs an agreement to put this order in place and abolish the Big Banks contrl of government. How many men do you think would have the PEOPLE above the government, with the threat of being killed. I bet not one Politition would put his life on the line for the best interests of the whole.

  10. Nora says:

    Not a homicide?!!!! who says? It’s uncanny how people who can cause the financial criminals real trouble always seem to wind up dead, right before they testify. Seems like the criminals create their own “luck”.

  11. J. Alonzo says:

    Like I said we are The Sheeple. Its sad, but true. This will never end until we the people put a stop to ti.
    Ron Paul for president 2012 The revolution is cominhg.

  12. lies is all they tell says:

    a death is a death. When is this carnage going to stop? Big money in these forclosures. They will do what it takes to keep this covered up even if they have to pay hit men. Sorry to much a coinkydink. The stress this is causing us is the same thing. They are paying everyone off to shut up.

  13. lies is all they tell says:

    Death id

  14. Ken Hansen says:

    This is from Yves @ NC:

    ” it was Lawrence who turned Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on to two mid level LPS employees who face up to 30 years in jail each if found guilty. ”

    Motive anyone?

  15. Fury says:

    was it murder?

  16. Gleb says:

    Somehow,I don’t feel sorry for them.

  17. Beth A. says:

    Interesting that I’d not seen this via the Main Stream Media (MSM). Looks like police ruled out homicide but I’m sure it’s not impossible for a murder to look like a suicide (forced pills or ?). I’m thinking this victim wasn’t a big enough “fish” to send a message as she was set to go to sentencing vs. turning state’s evidence. So, likely just a suicide. But, then again – maybe someone or some entity was afraid she’d start talking now that she had nothing else to lose (while in prison). It will be interesting to learn more about what was found at the scene (if ever disclosed) but maybe it was a professional job and no evidence was left behind vs. just a simple suicide.

    • kravitz says:

      Well, it was a local NBC affiliate story. Some others might pick it up, but it needs even more ominous facts to go national.

    • notmyhomyournot says:

      Well if it was a planned hit, the police will make sure that the evidence dissapears. They are all hired by the Elite and everyone in congress has been bought out years ago.

  18. Beth A. says:

    Experiencing trouble posting comments again – different error message than in weeks prior. Now the page comes up with a request to type comments after I hit “post comment” — so message is lost.

  19. Michael Olenick says:

    Didn’t David J. Stern’s secretary, who was also young, also die of natural causes, just about the time his firm was falling apart?

    Well .. sure glad they quickly ruled out homicide. Like, really quickly. They investigated at least two days (well; not two whole days — two business days — but close enough).

    Oh FBI … Yo’, federal agents .. knock, knock – anybody home?

    I know you’ve given up on financial crimes. But there are two dead people, in two state’s, both relatively young, who both seem to have died at times very convenient for their employers. Local police seem to have quickly ruled out foul play both times, so I’m sure you’d get the full cooperation of everybody if you decide to follow the “I” in that last letter of your agencies name and INVESTIGATE to verify their conclusions.

    Not saying anything’s fishy. Just saying that a second set of eyes is never a bad idea when two young people drop dead of natural causes under these circumstances.

  20. Ron Moss says:

    Mafia Style is pretty obvious Mafia more than style here

    • Rocky says:

      This is when an autopsy should be performed and let the results be publicly known. With ALL the Fraud going on, which of the AG’s will have the heart to start putting people behind bars!!! Enough is enough, I’m losing respect for our so called judicial system, our lawyers who graduated from Harvard and sadly to say…our Government!!! Shame!!!

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