Notary in Massive Robo-Signing Case Found Dead in Home

Allison Tussey —  December 1, 2011 — 1 Comment

Tracy Lawrence, 43, Las Vegas, Nevada, a notary indicted in a massive robo-signing fraud case, along with two other title officers from California, was found dead in her home after failing to appear for sentencing, according to media reports.

As previously reported by Mortgage Fraud Blog, Lawrence pled guilty to one count of notarizing the signature of an individual not in her presence, a gross misdemeanor in violation of NRS 240.155.

Lawrence pled guilty on November 14, 2011, the same day the criminal information was filed. A sentencing date had been scheduled for November 28, 2011, in front of District Court Judge Jesse Walsh.

Notary fraud carries a potential jail sentence of one year and/or a fine of up to $2,000.


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One response to Notary in Massive Robo-Signing Case Found Dead in Home

  1. Gee whiz, I wonder why this news item fails to mention that “Lawrence came forward earlier this month and blew the whistle on the operation, in which title officers Gary Trafford, 49, of Irvine, Calif., and Geraldine Sheppard, 62, of Santa Ana, Calif. — who worked for a Florida processing company used by most major banks to process repossessions — allegedly forged signatures on tens of thousands of default notices from 2005 to 2008”? || Suicide is probably common among whistleblowers. They try to do the right thing (usually the right motive on top of a few wrong ones), then are charged with participation anyway and railroaded out of their industries. They can survive and even thrive if they realize up front what they’re in for, then proceed anyway and get out of the business. If they don’t, they can become unwitting assistants in their own homicides. The mortgage industry (in terms of movers/shakers) is smaller and more inbred than most people realize, and the mortgage technician’s skill set is so narrow that it’s almost non-transferable outside the business. As a whistleblower myself, I am sometimes haunted by the words of Don Vito Corleone from The Godfather movie: “There are people in this world who go about demanding to be killed. You must have noticed them. They quarrel in gambling games. They jump out of their automobiles in a rage. They humiliate and bully people whose capabilities they do not know. These are people who wander through the world shouting, “kill me”. And there’s always someone ready to oblige them.” I’ve decided to quit using my hubris to humiliate powerful people whose capabilities I have probably underestimated. My condolences to this poor lady and her family; she’s still a hero to me.

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