Nevada AG's Office Takes Down Three More in Robo-Signing Ring
The Office of the Nevada Attorney General has announced that complaints have been filed against three more notaries in the state’s ongoing robo-signing investigation. Meghan Shaw, Jennifer Bloecker and Joseph Noel have all been charged with notarization of the signature of a person not in their presence. In late November, Gary Trafford and Gerri Sheppard, two employees of Lender Processing Services Inc. (LPS), were indicted by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on 606 counts of directing employees to file tens of thousands of false documents in foreclosure proceedings.
“These complaints are the result of notary practices which did not conform with legal requirements of our state. 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,” said Nevada Chief Deputy Attorney General John Kelleher.
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 (NODs), were used to initiate foreclosure on local homeowners. Through an investigation led by the Attorney General’s office the notaries charged in this case have confirmed that their job duties included signing another person’s name on a document and then notarizing that signature.
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