Attorney General Koster announces 136-count criminal indictments related to robo-signing in mortgage industry

February 6, 2012

Attorney General Koster announces 136-count criminal indictments related to robo-signing in mortgage industry

–Boone County grand jury indicts Georgia corporation and its president for practices highlighted in 60 Minutes report –

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced that a Boone County grand jury has handed down 136-count indictments against DOCX, LLC and its founder and former president, Lorraine Brown, for forgery and making a false declaration related to mortgage documents processed by DOCX.

“Today’s indictment reflects our firm conviction that when you sign your name to a legal document, it matters,” Koster said. “Mass-producing fraudulent signatures on millions of real estate documents across America constitutes forgery. When you file those documents in our state, you are committing a crime under Missouri law.

The forgery and false declaration counts each allege that the person whose name appears on 68 notarized deeds of release on behalf of the lender is not the person who actually signed the paperwork. The documents were then submitted to the Boone County Recorder of Deeds as though they were genuine.

Koster’s office, working in coordination with Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight, requested the indictment, and the Attorney General’s Office will prosecute the case.

The indictments are the culmination of months of investigation by the Attorney General’s Office into the robo-signing scandal that injected thousands of questionable mortgage documents into the market. When the practice began to come to light, several major lenders temporarily suspended foreclosures in 2010. DOCX’s role in the robo-signing process came to national attention when 60 Minutes reported that Linda Green, an employee of DOCX, purportedly signed thousands of mortgage-related documents on behalf of several different banks and in multiple handwritings. The 68 documents on which the indictments are based were purportedly signed by Linda Green, but were in fact allegedly signed by someone else.

Forgery is a Class C felony and False Declaration is a Class B misdemeanor. If convicted on the most serious count, Brown could face up to seven years in prison for each count. DOCX could be fined up to $10,000 for each forgery conviction and $2,000 for each false declaration conviction.

The charges against DOCX and Lorraine Brown are merely accusations and, as in all criminal cases, the defendant is innocent until or unless proved guilty in a court of law.

The Attorney General’s investigation into this practice continues.

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10 Responses to “Attorney General Koster announces 136-count criminal indictments related to robo-signing in mortgage industry”
  1. cjr says:

    Can anyone cite any cases in Florida where homeowners were able to acquire their homes and cancel their debt (mortgages) due to paperwork irregularities in the processing (including assignment) of their mortgages?

    I have been defending my foreclosure for 40+ months on a pro se basis versus real lawyers. This makes me think that the reason they have not been able to foreclose on me is because they know of some serious deal breaker problem. I just don’t know what it is. Any thoughts?

  2. Gene says:

    As many of you know, elected and appointed officials in Florida have written legislation that in effect makes Florida a non-judicial foreclosure state, specifically including homeowners currently in foreclosure proceedings. Here is a communication just sent to the Committee scheduled to vote tomorrow on furthering the “Florida Fair Foreclosure Bill”.

    HB0213: You must table this legislation

    Florida House of Representatives, Economic Affairs Committee

    I am most certain you all are aware of the 136-count indictment of DOCX, a subsidiary of Jacksonville’s Lender Processing Services, by the Missouri Attorney General announced this morning. From Bloomberg Businessweek published February 7, 2012:

    “…A grand jury in Columbia, Missouri, handed down the 136-count indictment against Docx and founder Lorraine Brown… Lender Processing, based in Jacksonville, Florida, says about half of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using its loan-servicing platform…”

    Don’t you think it is prudent to investigate the massive fraud perpetrated by the financial industry on the citizens of Florida before you enact, much less consider, legislation that orders a judge to issue a summary judgment without the full protection of due legal process?

    When are you going to stand up for the rights of the citizens of Florida? When all of our houses have been foreclosed using documents known to be fraudulent?

    Respectfully submitted,

    XXXX XXXXXXX, Florida Citizen

    sent to all members of the Economic Affairs Committee

  3. lvent says:

    This must be the bad assed criminal indictment that CNBC was alluding to.. THANK GOD! God only knows it is about time..! To indict these.criminals for forgery is the only just and correct thing to do. The forgery AKA robosigning is the biggest attempt to cover up for the biggest crime in history…THE ORIGINATION FRAUD.. The ORIGINATION FRAUD is precisely how they tried to cover up for the FACT…THAT THEY NEVER SOLD THE LOANS…THAT IS THE REASON WHY THERE ARE NO ASSIGNMENTS AND THEY NEEDED TO CREATE AND FORGE FALSE DOCS..IN ORDER TO BE GRANTED A FRAUDCLOSURE….BECAUSE THEY NEVER SOLD THE LOANS , THE ORIGINATION FRAUD ALLOWED THE BANKS TO OVERSELL INVESTORS INVESTMENTS IN THE NOTES..500+times or more per note…..with no collateral backing those sales….THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE…NOT BECAUS PEOPLE BOUGHT HOMES THEY COULD NOT AFFORD…THIS IS ANOTHER MONEYED ELITE HITLER PLAN TO STEAL OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY….BUT THE DIRTY BASTARDS GOT CAUGHT…..AND THE TRUTH IS….IT IS THEIR DEBT THAT IS MASSIVE AND UNSUSTAINABLE…$700 TRILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF FRAUD IS HIDDEN OFF BALANCE SHEET IN THEIR SHADOW ELECTRONIC BANK….AKA THE BLACK POOL…..THAT IS WHERE THEY DUMPED THE PIGS AND CRAP WHEN THEY SOLD THE LOANS TO THE PUBLIC……THEY SOLD THEIR FRAUD BACK TO ALL OF US…WITHOUT OUR KNOWLEDGE……THAT WAS THE CRIMINALS ATTEMPT TO SOCIALIZE THEIR MASSIVE UNSUSTAINABLE MORTGAGE FRAUD DEBT ONTO ALL OF US….THESE CROOKS ARE STILL SELLING INTERESTS INTO AND RECYCLING THAT FRAUD UP TO THIS VERY DAY!!! AND THAT INCLUDES THE FED…THROW THE CROOKS IN PRISON…AND THROW THE FED OUT! SHUT THEM DOWN…ISSUE OUR OWN CURRENCY….AS THE U.S. CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TO MAINTAIN OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY….AND FREEDOM..U.S. BANK NOTES…BACKED BY OUR OWN NATURAL RESOURCE REVENUES…LIKE NATURAL GAS AND ELECTRIC…OPEN STATE BANKS….NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND FREEDOM WILL PREVAIL! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

    • lvent says:

      ROBO-SIGNING IS THE COVER UP FOR MASSIVE SECURITIES FRAUD….THE ORIGINATION FRAUD….FRAUD ON STEROIDS…EXPONENTIAL MORTGAGE FRAUD…$700 TRILLION DOLLARS IN MORTGAGE DERIVATIVES FRAUD….$1.2 QUADRILLION IN DERIVATIVES FRAUD HIDING IN THEIR SHADOW BANK…THEIR GLOBAL BLACK POOL OF TOXIC DERIVATIVES FRAUD SHAME!!! SHUT THEM ALL DOWN…! THROW OUT THE FED…THEY ARE TRYING TO OVERTHROW OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY!!!! THEY ARE ALL TRAITORS …PERPS OF THE MONEYED ELITE..THIS IS ANOTHER MONEYED ELITE HITLER PLAN…! TO STEAL EVERYTHING FROM THE PEOPLE…INCLUDING OUR FREEDOM AND NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY…THIS WAR AGAINST ALL OF US STARTED ON 9/11…THE MONEYED ELITE ARE THE ONLY TERRORISTS WE HAVE TO FEAR….THERE ARE MANY TRAITORS HIDING FROM WITHIN….SEE THE DOCUNENTARY INSIDE JOB…! ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE..! WE HAVE BEEN HIJACKED BY THE FOREIGN ENEMY VIA THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND THE ZIONISTS…THESE TRAITORS ARE ALSO HIDDEN IN OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM…!!! THROW OUT THE FED!!

  4. Beth A. says:

    This is a start (and great news).

    This makes me curious- the MI AG had issued a subpoena to this entity and LPS months and months and months ago in 2011…and nothing has happened.

    Hmmm, probably because the “Teflon firm’ Trott & Trott has used them….so, nothing will move ahead there. Trott & Trott being big political backers, etc.

    Then, in Florida….well, Florida….

  5. Ron Moss says:

    You have to be kidding me. Is that really called a crime? Isn’t it just a game that banker play? like RoBo signing. Surely you cant”t call that a crime like “FRAUD” ? Just wait till our Arrorney Generals hear about this. They will certainly stop negotiating with the bankers now for sure.

  6. John Anderson says:

    Why is there no prosecution on the hundreds of thousands of fraudulent assignments of mortgage prepared by DOCX?
    This is wonderful, but every employee, and every notary, with the exception of the receptionist and the janitor at DOCX and their controllers at LPS should be arrested, before the statue of limitations runs out.
    Only them will low paid workers refuse to do criminal acts for employers, who sell fraud.
    E-Mail copies of the lawsuits and state prosecutions of criminal deeds of these fraudsters, to your state AG and demand they back out of the settlement talk with people they should be investigating, and prosecuting.

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