State details foreclosure chaos: Evidence of forgeries, bogus witnesses and illegal shortcuts

By Kimberly Miller

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Sweeping evidence of the case the state attorney general’s office has built in its pursuit of foreclosure justice for Florida homeowners is outlined in a 98-page presentation complete with copies of allegedly forged signatures, false notarizations, bogus witnesses and improper mortgage assignments.

The presentation, titled “Unfair, Deceptive and Unconscionable Acts in Foreclosure Cases,” was given during an early December conference of the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers by the attorney general’s economic crimes division.

It is one of the first examples of what the state has compiled in its exploration of foreclosure malpractice, condemning banks, mortgage servicers and law firms for contributing to the crisis by cutting corners.

“What we got from this is the state has had the opportunity to see where the laws have been broken, and frankly, it is in large part thanks to the work of the defense attorneys,” said Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock. “They’ve been bringing these defenses up in foreclosure cases for years now.”

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