Florida Protects Banking Giant Lender Processing Services, Ignores Hurting Homeowners

When June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards were called into a meeting last May with their boss at the Office of the Attorney General, they figured it was to talk about their promising new investigation. The two economic crime specialists were onto something big.

Florida was amid a staggering wave of foreclosures, but more and more homeowners were noticing odd problems: strange signatures, missing information, notary seals with no signatures. With multiple investigations underway, Clarkson and Edwards had zeroed in on a single company — Lender Processing Services — they increasingly believed was illegally feasting on underwater residents.

But as soon as they sat down, their boss cut to the chase: “You’re both done at the end of the day. It’s a done deal, all the way up to Tallahassee. You can either quit or be terminated.”

The two were shocked. In the year since their abrupt firing, they’ve come to believe their termination happened because they were close to uncovering mass fraud by companies with ties to top Florida officials. “All these machinations were going on, and June and I were completely oblivious,” Edwards says. “In hindsight, we were just so blind and stupid.”

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