Oh my. How could this have happened? /sarcasm
Below is an assignment of mortgage by Patrica Arango from The Marshall C. Watson firm that is witnessed, notarized and, well, it was suppose to be signed, but it was not.
How does one witness and notarize a signature that never happened?
To top it off, it was filed in the public records of Florida to fraudclose on someones home.
I wonder if that is a crime?
Yep. It”s a FELONY.
Florida Laws: FL Statutes – Title XLVI Crimes Section 817.02 Obtaining property by false personation
(2) A person commits the offense of mortgage fraud if, with the intent to defraud, the person knowingly:
(d) Files or causes to be filed with the clerk of the circuit court for any county of this state a document involved in the mortgage lending process which contains a material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission.
(5)(a) Any person who violates subsection (2) commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(b) Any person who violates subsection (2), and the loan value stated on documents used in the mortgage lending process exceeds $100,000, commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
And there is also the Prohibited Acts for Notaries…
117.105 False or fraudulent acknowledgments; penalty.—A notary public who falsely or fraudulently takes an acknowledgment of an instrument as a notary public or who falsely or fraudulently makes a certificate as a notary public or who falsely takes or receives an acknowledgment of the signature on a written instrument is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
You can also see 117.107 Prohibited acts of Notary’s.
Now, I wonder who is monitoring the enforcement of the Marshall C. Watson Settlement?
I know we can rule out former chief judge of Broward County, Victor Tobin, since he has joined the firm.
We can also rule out Bond’s former economic crimes division director, Mary Leontakianakos, since she also joined the firm.
Wasn’t Mary Leontakianakos the one who negotiated the Marshall C. Watson settlement down from $7 million to $2 million right before she left the AG’s office to join Watson’s firm?
So many questions, so little arrests…
Arango assignment below…