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Nevada AG Files Suit Against Three More Notaries

After ""filing"":http://dsnews.comarticles/nevada-ag-files-criminal-charges-for-robo-signing-2011-11-17 criminal charges about a month ago against two title officers employed by Lender Processing Services, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto ""filed"":http://ag.state.nv.us/newsroom/press/2011/robosignmorenotaries.pdf complaints against three additional notaries last week.


The three notaries allegedly filed fraudulent notices of default in the Clark County Recorder's office after notarizing the signature of persons not in their presence.

Meghan Shaw, Jennifer Bloecker, and Joseph Noel are scheduled to appear in court later this month.


""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.

""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,"" Kelleher said.

The three notaries ""have confirmed that their job duties included signing another person's name on a document and then notarizing that signature,"" stated a press release from Masto's office.

Another notary, Tracy Lawrence, struck a plea deal with the attorney general after admitting to notarizing about 25,000 fraudulent documents, according to the local media outlet ""MyNews3.com."":http://www.mynews3.com/content/news/story/Massive-foreclosure-frauds-scope-revealed-by/Jj-a3x51MkiKX0oSstzSUQ.cspx

MyNews3.com reports that Lawrence was found dead in her Las Vegas home on the day she was to be sentenced. Authorities are not investigating her death as a homicide.

LPS responded to last month's charges acknowledging ""the signing procedures on some of these documents were flawed,"" but maintaining that ""these documents were properly authorized and their recording did not result in a wrongful foreclosure.""

About Author: Krista Franks Brock

Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia.

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