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Former Document Processing Executive Pleads Guilty To Robo-Signing Charges

Robot-Handthumb.jpgA former executive of a major document processing firm pleaded guilty to federal and state charges related to “robo-signing” — the widespread fabrication and improper notarization of mortgage documents — in Florida and Missouri earlier this month.

Lorraine Brown was the chief executive of the now-defunct DocX LLC, which was involved in the preparation and recording of mortgage-related documents throughout the country. The company was accused of mass-producing “fraudulently signed and notarized real estate documents” that were filed for recording across the country, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Lorraine Brown “was responsible for more than a million fraudulent documents entering the system, directing company employees to forge and falsify documents relied on by property recorders, title insurers and others. Appropriately, she now faces the prospect of prison time,” Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said.

Brown pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in federal court November 20 in Jacksonville, Florida, and agreed the same day to plead guilty to one felony count of forgery, a felony count of perjury and a misdemeanor count of making a false declaration in Missouri. She faces a maximum possible prison sentence of five years for the federal charges and an additional maximum two- year prison sentence in Missouri.

“This agreement brings to justice the person most responsible for these activities and upholds the principle that when you sign your name to a legal document, it matters,” said Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

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