DocX and its founder Lorraine Brown have been indicted by a grand jury in Boone County, Mo., for alleged forgery of mortgage documents used to evict distressed borrowers from their homes.
The 136-count indictment alleges that the person whose name appears on 68 notarized deeds of release on behalf of the lender is not the actual person who signed the paperwork. These inaccurate documents were then allegedly submitted to the county's Recorder of Deeds as though they were the truth.
"The grand jury indictment alleges that mass-produced fraudulent signatures on notarized real estate documents constitutes forgery," said Chris Koster, attorney general of Missouri who will prosecute this case. "Today's indictment reflects our firm conviction that when you sign your name to a legal document, it matters."
The AG's office requested this indictment after conducting an investigation following the robo-signing scandal. According to the indictment, employees at DocX, a subsidiary unit of Lender Processing Services, allegedly notarized thousands of mortgage-related documents for several banks in multiple handwritings.
LPS shut down DocX in April 2010 after evidence became apparent of possible illegal activity.
According to an LPS spokesperson, the Jacksonville-based company has worked with the AG for over three months to try to find a solution to these issues and was disappointed that these allegations moved forward.
"LPS remains committed to continuing to work with the Attorney General to resolve this matter, but the company will vigorously defend itself against untrue allegations," LPS said in a written statement.
If convicted, Brown could face up to seven years in prison for each count, while DocX could be fined a maximum of $10,000 for each forgery conviction and $2,000 for every false declaration conviction.