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EDITOR’S NOTE: It seems only a matter of time — very little time — before some of these notaries and others whose stamps and signatures were used, along with the supposed witnesses strike a deal with prosecutors and allow diligent prosecutors to move up the food chain to the highest players. Whoever they are, wherever they are, they better move fast to strike that deal because in these cases FIRST SING FIRST FREED — LAST TO SIGN GETS THE MOST TIME.

And it looks very much like the much maligned statute of limitations has been overused in quieting these people down. They have been “advised” not to say anything because they cannot be prosecuted. The complaints are quick to point out that while the crimes were committed 5-6 years ago, they were only discovered last year. In cases involving fraud, the statute usually doesn’t start to run until a reasonable person would have known sufficient facts about the fraud to allege the crime.

Three more notaries charged in Nevada robo-signing scandal
by JUSTIN T. HILLEY
Monday, December 5th, 2011, 4:27 pm

The Office of the Nevada Attorney General announced Monday that it filed complaints against three more notaries in the state’s continuing massive robo-signing investigation.

Meghan Shaw, Jennifer Bloecker and Joseph Noel were charged with notarization of the signature of a person not in their presence, a gross misdemeanor.

“These complaints are the result of notary practices which did not conform with legal requirements of our state,” said Chief Deputy Attorney General John Kelleher in a statement. “These requirements were enacted to ensure the integrity of public documents and our action today is another step in our attempt to determine those responsible.”

According to the Nevada Attorney General criminal complaint, Shaw’s and Bloecker’s alleged crimes took place in 2005 and were discovered in 2010. Noel’s alleged crimes took place in 2008 and were discovered in 2010.

“These actions were performed in a secretive manner in order that the false documents be given full legal effect and that this criminal activity not be discovered,” the complaint states.

The charges stem from the notaries’ involvement in the scheme to file fraudulent documents with the Clark County Recorder’s office. The documents, referred to as Notices of Default, were used to initiate foreclosure on local homeowners. Through an investigation led by the Attorney General’s office, the notaries charged in the case confirmed that their job duties included signing another person’s name on a document and then notarizing that signature as valid.

Last week, Las Vegas notary public Tracy Lawrence was scheduled to be sentenced for her part in a foreclosure robo-signing scheme, but was found dead in her home after failing to show up for sentencing. The local TV station referred to Lawrence as a whistleblower in a larger robo-signing investigation that resulted in the first criminal charges for the filing of faulty foreclosure documents.

Earlier in November, two employees of Lender Processing Services (LPS: 19.17 +1.48%) were indicted in Nevada on alleged robo-signing charges connected to foreclosure filings. Gary Trafford and Gerri Sheppard, both California residents described as title officers, were indicted on a total of 606 counts by a Clark County grand jury.

Shaw, Noel and Bloecker are set to make an initial appearance in court on Wednesday, December 28.

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24 Responses

  1. California, Nevada AGs team up to investigate mortgage abuses

    Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/06/4103940/california-nevada-team-up-to-investigate.html#ixzz1fnIPWKgn

  2. TWO POWERFUL WESTERN STATES ATTORNEY GENERALS ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE FOR INVESTIGATION INTO LOAN ORIGINATIONS, ILLEGALNOTARY ACTS, ROBO-SIGNING ETC

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/74932232/TWO-POWERFUL-ATTORNEY-GENERALS-ANNOUNCE-ALLIANCE-ON-INVESTIGATIONS-INTO-FRAUD-ROBO-SIGNING-ILLEGAL-NOTARY-ACTS-LOAN-ORIGINATION-DEC-6-2011

  3. eNote (SERVICE MARK) 2006 automated based on Agreements: Assignments, Assumptions, Recognition.

    Notices of Default, were used to initiate foreclosure on local homeowners…
    Notice of Sale …
    Assignment of Mortgage ….

    Move current default to new debtor who is not creditor special Real Estate Laywers (SERVICE MARK) who get paid special for handling the movment of debt, assignment of debt, filing in the public domain the defective and falsified documents – the whole plan does not work without the special:

    REAL ESTATE LAWYERS – LAWYERS TITLE CORPORATION/RELIANCE GROUP/LAND AMERICA NOW INCLUDES IN LIGHT OF DAY – FIDELITY – ‘FMR’ – FEDERAL HOME LOAN CORPORATION – FEDERAL MORTGAGE LOAN CORPORATION – GINNE MAE, ‘WELLS FARGO & CO/MN’ C/O FEDERAL HOME LOAN CORPORATION ‘DOUGH BOY’ LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY — NATIONWIDE NETWORK’ OF ORIGINATION (TITLE) AGENTS, BROKERS, DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, LAYWERS/BROKERS FILE ALL THE DOCUMENTS, HANDLE THE PURCHASE OF THE NOTE CLOSING AND ASSUMPTION OF SERVICING ‘OBLIGATION’ PROMISSORY NOTE YOU SIGN WHICH HAS ATTACHED THE ‘RIDERS’ (INSURANCE) AND NOTES (FUTURES CONTRACT)AND/OR LOOKBACK CONTRACT BROUGHT TO MARKET – WALL STREET – BENEFICIARY/LENDER (NOT BORROWER WHO PROMISES TO PAY THE ESCROW TO TITLE COMPANY RESPONSIBLE FOR INVESTMENTS AND YOU PROMISE TO PAY THE OBLIGATION OF THE ‘LENDER/BENEFICIARY’ GOOD JOB! WHY DID YOU NOT GET THE MONEY HONEY? ITS A SECRET!

    Notarization of the signature of a person not in their presence, a gross misdemeanor…

    … involving fraud, the statute usually doesn’t start to run until a reasonable person would have known sufficient facts about the fraud to allege the crime

    … requirements were enacted to ensure the integrity of public documents

    ROBO-SIGNING THEY ARE NOT LOOKNIG DEEP ENOUGH

    THE REAL ESTATE LAYWERS/BROKERS – FILE THE DOCUMENTS THEY ARE THE ONES TO BE INVESTIGATED

    CONSUMERS SHOULD GATHER TOGETHER BY STATE AND TAKE ON THE PARTY TAKING POSSESION OF PROPERTY UNDER FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES VIOLATIONS…..

    THANK YOU ‘CUOMO V. CLEARINNGHOUSE!

    ITS ALL ABOUT THE ‘DEED’ (POWER OF ATTORNEY)
    AND
    DEED OF TRUST:
    3 PEOPLE

    1 NEUTRAL THIRD PARTY DURING ORIGINATION (TITLE) (TITLE) (TITLE) AKA TRUSTEE – TRUSTEE -TRUSTEE

    ORIGINATION – SERVICING – DEFAULT

    ROBO-FIRMS IN CONTRACT WITH FHLA…. ‘PLAINTIFF’
    SERVICER DEFENDANT…..

  4. My title company is the trustee on record on my DOT. Has anyone heard of requesting a statement/quit claim from a title company? I’m wondering if something from the title company stating they are no longer the trustee might be beneficial in a QT case?

    Who’s responsibility would it be to record the “transfer/Sale”. The lender or the title company? If it’s the title companies responsibility and they’re negligent wouldn’t the Title policy take effect? You could use the money to defend the property?

    Often there is a substitution of trustee prior to foreclosure. So if you had a document prior to the subsitution wouldn’t the substitution be void?

    Any thoughts on this?

  5. @ lies is all they tell,

    The mortgage brokers did it to a lot of people. They fill it out saying they need time to get the lender approval while you go ahead saving time signing an initialing in blank. Why not? It’s only an application to see if you’ll even get approved.

    You’re suppose to sign the loan app. at the final escrow but they pull it. I called the escrow title company and got a copy and the date is from the day I first signed it. They’re all crooks! The problem is this has been going on for so long and it’s so massive that they’re just not going after it even though they act like they are.

  6. if your original promise to pay was based on certain conditions (like you had a job that paid so and so much), why when those changed, why should you be held responsible? If they changed to no control of you. but other factors, why should you still be liable?

    the credit card issued to you was based on your job and income and present debt level, and they issued it to you based on that, the credit limit.

    And then you lost your job. Should it be fair that you still have to pay on the credit card, because now the original conditions have changed?

    What is right and what is wrong? What money was actually lent? Banks money, or depositor money? Or book keeping entry money?
    Who loses really?

    What is interest? What is compound interest? How is money created? Who controls the quantity of money> What is inflation?

    These are questions the the thinking man will investigate to survive. in the modern world of finance, the economy.

    Just type in your question to google and you can investigate.

  7. who is the man___________

    I like this comment, while I don’t agree with dropp’in acid, I do like that the comment points out her grandmother was “such a beautiful person” and “lovin everyone truely a gentle soul never would hurt a fly and loved all gods creations a true flower child LOVE YOU ABUELITA!!!!”

    that is the real truth…………..

    And these big banks getting everybody in debt, globally, wherever there is a central bank and creating such tricks when it do not matter but just made serious because ————it’s the man, the law,,,,,,,,,,,when in fact it is all created out of nothing,,,,,,,make believe money based on promise to pay,,,,,,,,,,,,but what happens when the original promise to pay is no longer based on the same facts, like you lost your job or whatever? Then does the original promise to pay still hold true?………..like you still have to pay, but yet they are out nothing? They are only out profits, this is the 1%. Think about it?

  8. wells fargo told me today they put me in a stated income loan but that i i sign the application but i di dnot fill it out. state dincome loans are for peopel who were self employed. i have emails in which state i sent her my paycheck stubs of which i am finding out she di dnot use. where is this all legal. where are thwy aloud to defarud the public allow to lie hope i sign so they collect the paydya. where is our goverm=nment how are they allowing this.
    to go on to take our home by lieing and cheating us this must stop now
    http://www.federalreserve.gov/secrs/2006/august/20060801/op-1253/op-1253_3_1.pdf

  9. The whole intent of bankrupcy law is no ability to pay back creditors ……….because situtaions change, like no job. like reduced income, whatever………..so one need not be a debt slave———-but the debt slavers changed the laws or rules not so long ago, like year 2005………

    but whatever. So figure it out………..

    you do not need to be a debt slave………….

    look at modification vs rent in your local area. And if the mod goes lower or even with renting, then do it, the modification. And if you have to move, then rent it out. And save your money somehow to buy outright.

    And who cares anyways/

  10. wells fargo informed me today that yes they have put me in a stated income loan and yes i signed the mortgage application and they included a copy with my initials. but people what was i initialing? i was already approved for the mortgae with a salary that was a lie never verified. right there is the fraud. al my initials did was give the ok for them to now buy there credit default swap insurance and patiently wait for my default and foreclosure. how can this be legal. everyone knows at closing how quick it goes. i never personally filled out the mortgage application. and to be told that my mortgage broker had free raine to put any slary she deemed neccesssary tand then hope that i would sign it? right there is fraud. my husband was unemplyed they put me in a over 200k mortgage on a salary that was not mine becuase of a stated income loan and my husband was unemplyed. where did stated income loans come from. why are stated income loans not being call fraud. allowing mortgage brokers to play russioan roulette on our lives, on our homes, on our retirement. just hoping that at closing we will intial their lclever made up story. i do hope all these people go to jail. there must be a law against putting people in a state dincome loan when we were not told. that must be a violation. i have emails that i sent my paycheck stubs.

  11. I want to know who had these people on the payroll .

    They should also be charged!

    Last nights 60 minutes show was great but the AG ticked me off! He looked like he was choosing his words very carefully when he spoke about why no one has been convicted. Come on how long does it take?

    Robo singers and mid level bank employees have the opportunity to be National Heros if they come forward and tell the truth of what has really happened.

    I am sure many bank employees are caught up in this mess (just trying to earn a pay check like everyone else) and are afraid.

    My wish is for them before the New Year begins to be brave and come forward tell the truth. This is not their fault they are also victims of TBTF bank also. I am sure it is a matter of do what your job description says you do and keep your job or be outspoken and be transfered, demoted or fired. As we saw on the 60 minutes program last night. We need more people to sing as Neil calls it.

    Your country needs your help now! Speak up now before it’s to late…

  12. Taylor Bean & Whitaker – Proof of a Legitimate Transfer?

    Posted on December 5, 2011 by Mark Stopa

    Those of you who have followed my blog from the beginning will recall the Motions to Disqualify Counsel that I had been filing on a somewhat regular basis, where appropriate. I blogged about one such motion here. http://www.stayinmyhome.com/blog/2010/06/conflict-of-interest-fraud-on-the-court-motion-to-dq-counsel/
    My argument, essentially, was that the bank’s lawyers had a conflict of interest where they had drafted an Assignment of Mortgage with the intent that their own client execute that AOM so as to convey standing.

    The bank’s argument in opposition was, essentially, two-fold. First, they argued that the assignment of mortgage was irrelevant because the bank’s standing was predicated on an indorsement on the Note, not an AOM. Second, they argued that the AOM was executed properly because MERS authorized that bank representative to sign it, even though that person was also an agent/employee of the bank which was receiving the Note/Mortgage.

    Personally, I’ve always disagreed with the bank’s arguments. After all, how can self-dealing of this nature be blessed by our courts? “I’m representing MERS for purposes of this AOM, even though I work for Citimortgage, the assignee of this AOM” Seriously? Unfortunately, various judges disagreed with me on this issue, so I largely stopped pushing these motions. That said, where the facts really bothered me, I’ve kept pursuing them. In one case, for instance, MERS purportedly assigned a mortgage as nominee for Taylor Bean & Whitaker purported assigned a mortgage to a securitized trust in March of 2010. However, TBW had filed bankruptcy in August, 2009, so, absent some sort of explicit consent from a bankruptcy trustee, it seemed clear to me that, under federal law, TBW could not assign the mortgage to anyone because, once it filed bankruptcy, it did not even own the Note/Mortgage. In other words, TBW may have executed an AOM, but the Note/Mortgage wasn’t its to assign! As a result, and because the lawyers participated in this AOM, I filed this Motion to Disqualify Counsel.
    http://www.stayinmyhome.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/DQ-Motion.pdf

    I had a hearing on this motion a few months ago in Tampa, and the judge agreed with my concern about how TBW could have assigned a mortgage when it was in bankruptcy. The judge also seemed to agree with my belief that this issue was not mooted by any indorsement, particularly since the plaintiff had attached the AOM to its Complaint and was expressly relying upon it for standing. As such, the judge ordered the opposing side to produce evidence showing the authority of TBW to convey this Note/Mortgage to the securitized trust as of the date in question.

    Despite many weeks to do so, the bank produced nothing. As a result, the judge just issued an Order granting my Motion to Disqualify Counsel. As such, the case is still pending, but the bank must hire a new lawyer.

    Whether that particular law firm or some other firm represents the bank may not seem like that big of a deal. In my view, the issue is much bigger. If the securitized trust or its attorneys were not able to produce evidence showing TBW was authorized to convey the Note/Mortgage, even when ordered to do so, then that’s a HUGE deal. After all, in how many other cases might the plaintiff be unable to show that an assignor like TBW lacked the authority to convey a Note/Mortgage due to a pending bankruptcy?

    Remember, just because an Assignment of Mortgage shows up in a court file doesn’t mean the assignment was authorized. After all, the bank executing the assignment may not have the authority to do so, as, e.g. with a bankruptcy, it may not even own what it’s trying to assign.

    Similarly, just because a Note has an indorsement doesn’t mean the indorsement was furnished by an entity with authority to indorse the Note. If, for example, the entity was in bankruptcy, then it may not have the authority to indorse the Note even if it wanted to do so.

    Establishing that the prior owner/holder of a Note/Mortgage actually had the authority to assign or convey those documents is a significant, bona-fide defense in a fair number of foreclosure cases. Make sure you’re not overlooking it!
    Mark Stopa Esq.

    http://www.stayinmyhome.com

  13. DISGUSTING-60 Minutes- How Wall Street Walks Away The Crimes That Bankrupted America
    December 5th, 2011 | Author: Matthew D. Weidner, Esq.
    http://mattweidnerlaw.com/blog/

    The most amazing and disgusting thing about this country today is not how crippled and destroyed this entire nation is…the real issue is how disconnected and unconcerned all of America is.

    WHY HAS NOT A SINGLE BANKING EXECUTIVE GONE TO JAIL?

    Entire companies that were engaging in systemic fraud, but investigators have not even spoken with people who still know the specific details of the crimes.

    Little people on the ground like myself and the other attorneys and consumers who have been fighting have been screaming this for years. Why is no one listening? Even today, after years……

    When will Americans finally wake up? Watch these videos, they are truly disgusting….

    60 Minutes
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57336046-10391709/behind-the-financial-crisis-a-fraud-investigator-talks/?tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea.3%3Ftag%3Dfacebook

    60 Minutes Part II
    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7390540n&tag=pop;videos

  14. Who’s at the top? The five or six largest banks who’ve transferred $16 trillion worth of hard earned American citizen’s money due to their ownership of the Fed. The same cartel is taking over Europe as we speak. We must kill this satanic beast if we ever want to return the rule of law back to the people from whence it was stolen long ago.

  15. Lies, the fat lady is STARTING to sing her tune. We are not there, YET. BUT, we are getting there, we must ramp up the pressure even MORE SO now!! We all need to file legitimate complaints to appropriate agencies stating rules, codes, statutes, etc., that have been violated, and documents and exhibits to substantiate the violations. Most of these AG’s, “Law Enforcement” agencies, Governors, etc., are ignoring the complaints, BUT, if we ramp it up with legitimate complaints, IN TIME (and boy are we getting close) they will be FORCED to address all the issues. We call it “Making the record” and no matter what happens, follow-up, be persistent, and basically be a bugger, but make sure you document the violation and keep pushing for why denied, why you’ve heard nothing back, etc. Zurenarrh, yea, I have my suspicions about that, as more break out with the truth, they can’t call commit suicides without suspicion. Jordana, we ARE fighting organized crime, but ever so slowly we are making a difference. To slow for my liking, but we are on the right path! Trespass, now we need to get more AG’s to get of their a$$es and do their job and have more prosecutions.

  16. Way to go Nev-ah-dah A-gee.
    Go after the low hanging fruit.

    We need to do better as conscience people.
    We have to seek the one at the top who would benefit from these acts. Money was transferred, who got it? Who signed off that this was received legally, and posted it as profits?

    Someone got rich and it wasn’t a notary.

    One is in more trouble if their hot check is for more than $2, but there is no prosecution for the easy to find exec who is the recipient of hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars in fraud from property theft, and all the other schemes they file for to get paid as if they lost money.

    Trespass Unwanted, corporeal, life, free, by divine right

  17. The dominoes begin to fall. And one day we will all look back on these past years of massive Mafia like criminal activity and we will remember it was the the notaries who took down the beast. I would laugh but I still feel the pain of the people who suffer at their robo-signing hands.

  18. Sorry Chris, I wrote before I thought. The NC case has been heard, but not decided. Knowing NC, I’d find it hard to believe they’ll rule for the homeowner, even though it would toss out every rule of law & UCC.

    It’s Dobson if I remember correctly, can’t recall the bank.

  19. Wow, fire the Notaries , the little ones get the axe and the big fish are still spawning . F this , I want the bankers and there counselors HEADS on a Freakin platter !To hell with a peaceful resolution to this .

  20. Anyone got the ruling in NC?

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  22. NJ Supreme Court ruling could get to the heart of the matter there, answering a split between two appellate courts on holder status:

    http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2011/12/future_of_foreclosures_in_nj_h.html

    After bad (for borrowers) rulings recently in MI and NC, it would seem that the push is on by the banksters.

  23. So, three more “suicides” about to happen?

  24. so when does this end. i think the fat lady has sung her tune. the gig i is up. save our homes. stop illegal foreclsoures. stop all forecloures. bail out the people . we will stimulate the economy

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