Foreclosure fraud: forgery charges against DocX in Missouri

Linda Green's changing signature (Source: Washington Post 23 Sep 2010)

Last week a Missouri grand jury handed up an 136-count indictment accusing DocX  of forgery. DocX, a now-closed unit of Lender Processing Services of Jacksonville, Florida, was one of the largest companies that provided home foreclosure services to lenders across the country, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Deutsche Bank.

Missouri’s attorney general, Chris Koster, will prosecute this case of alleged foreclosure fraud.

“The grand jury indictment alleges that mass-produced fraudulent signatures on notarized real estate documents constitutes forgery,” Mr. Koster said in a statement. “Today’s indictment reflects our firm conviction that when you sign your name to a legal document, it matters.”

Lorraine O. Brown, the companies founder and president, was also indicted. Many of the charges are felonies and Ms Brown could face up to seven years in prison for each forgery count.

These criminal charges bring back the name of Linda Green, a Georgia employee of DocX whose “signature” appears on tens of thousands of foreclosure affidavits across the country. Both the Washington Post and 60 Minutes had stories about the “real” Ms Green in 2010 and 2011.

Attorney General Koster said his office’s investigation is continuing.