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Foreclosure fraud whistleblower found dead
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Edited on Tue Nov-29-11 09:10 PM by Newsjock
Source: MSNBC

A notary public who signed tens of thousands of false documents in a massive foreclosure scam before blowing the whistle on the scandal has been found dead in her Las Vegas home.

NBC station KSNV of Las Vegas reported that the woman, Tracy Lawrence, 43, was scheduled to be sentenced Monday morning after she pleaded guilty this month to notarizing the signature of an individual not in her presence. She failed to show up for her hearing, and police found her body at her home later in the day.

It could not immediately be determined whether Lawrence, who faced up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000, died of susicide or of natural causes, KSNV reported. Detectives said they had ruled out homicide.

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.

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A 43-year-old woman who pleaded guilty in an alleged robo-signing scheme was found dead Monday at her northwest valley home, authorities said.

Tracy Lawrence, a Las Vegas notary, was scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Monday for her sentencing hearing after she pleaded guilty Nov. 14 to one count of notarizing the signature of an individual not in her presence, according to Jennifer Lopez, public information officer for the Nevada Attorney Generals Office. Notary fraud carries a potential jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $2,000.

Lawrence had been charged in a larger case investigated by the attorney generals mortgage fraud task force, according to Chief Deputy Attorney General John Kelleher.

... Metros homicide unit is investigating the case, but the death is not being considered a homicide, police said.
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  -Foreclosure fraud whistleblower found dead Newsjock  Nov-29-11 08:11 PM   #0 
  - sad, really....  mike_c   Nov-29-11 08:14 PM   #1 
  - She was a whistle blower..  girl gone mad   Nov-29-11 08:26 PM   #2 
  - Huh? Where are you getting that information? That's not what the article says.  MADem   Nov-29-11 08:51 PM   #4 
  - OP updated  Newsjock   Nov-29-11 09:08 PM   #7 
     - Jesus, I should say so! That's somewhat KEY info relative to the whole tale...! nt  MADem   Nov-29-11 09:11 PM   #8 
  - so she was 'suicided' nt.  femrap   Nov-29-11 08:52 PM   #5 
  - Baxterized?  stevedeshazer   Nov-29-11 08:31 PM   #3 
  - How  GliderGuider   Nov-29-11 08:54 PM   #6 
  - She needed to be dead.  MedicalAdmin   Nov-30-11 03:47 PM   #97 
  - Notary who blew whistle on foreclosure fraud found dead  kpete   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #9 
  - Sad movies, I'm most certain she will be missed. n/t  teddy51   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #10 
  - Holy shit.  dixiegrrrrl   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #11 
  - +1  freshwest   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #16 
  - And the evidence that she was murdered is what exactly?  cstanleytech   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #18 
  - Lol! Just a Co-inky-dinky, of course!  2banon   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #36 
  - Considering the fact that there is zero evidence atm to show otherwise  cstanleytech   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #59 
  - Did you perform the autopsy yourself? How do you know the state of the evidence?  JackRiddler   Nov-30-11 09:35 AM   #88 
     - No which is why I am saying that atm there is zero evidence to support a conclusion of murder  cstanleytech   Dec-01-11 12:41 PM   #109 
  - That alone is not enough for such a conclusion as  treestar   Nov-30-11 09:21 AM   #84 
  - Everybody was murdered, man!  jobycom   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #55 
  - +1 --  defendandprotect   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #32 
  - If you are going to kill someone, you do it BEFORE they testify  Yo_Mama   Nov-30-11 08:47 AM   #79 
  - Unless you are sending a message to others who would testify....  dixiegrrrrl   Nov-30-11 09:15 AM   #80 
  - In a conspiracy (future charge perhaps)  MedicalAdmin   Nov-30-11 03:55 PM   #98 
  - Do you make most decisions on so little evidence?  treestar   Nov-30-11 09:20 AM   #83 
     - Do you often have to have so much indecision?  MedicalAdmin   Dec-01-11 04:12 PM   #116 
  - Post Mortem, if you please...  MrMickeysMom   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #12 
  - They couldn't get her in an airplane?  Edweird   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #13 
  - Haven't you heard?  James48   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #21 
  - my 1st thought too!!!!  lunasun   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #23 
  - She was clearly murdered.  Firebrand Gary   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #14 
  - Odd, thats not what the article says.  cstanleytech   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #19 
  - Clearly? Maybe you didn't read the article at the link:  gateley   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #30 
  - Detectives don't rule on a cause of death. Coroners do.  RaleighNCDUer   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #40 
     - Murder does NOT make sense. Suicide does. n/t  orbitalman   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #46 
     - Nonsense. The cases against the people who started the fraud  RaleighNCDUer   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #47 
     - Actually, suicide, murder and natural causes all make sense here.  caseymoz   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #57 
        - On the other hand, there is no city in the world as mob infested as Vegas.  truedelphi   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #58 
        - On the other hand, bankers aren't known to use organized criminals for hits.  caseymoz   Nov-30-11 02:51 AM   #66 
           - I am not saying I am "proving" anything.  truedelphi   Nov-30-11 12:16 PM   #95 
           - Yes, our society is known to be corrupt  caseymoz   Nov-30-11 04:08 PM   #100 
           - WTF? Organized crime is up to their keesters in banking.  MedicalAdmin   Nov-30-11 04:01 PM   #99 
              - So, the mob pays banks for doing a service. That's hardly up to their keesters.  caseymoz   Nov-30-11 08:05 PM   #102 
                 - Righhhhhht.  MedicalAdmin   Dec-01-11 06:46 AM   #106 
                    - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-01-11 10:01 AM   #107 
                    - And then there is the fact that since one third of Mexico's economy is  truedelphi   Dec-01-11 02:09 PM   #111 
                    - And those particular banks were involved in the robosigning scandal?  caseymoz   Dec-01-11 02:28 PM   #112 
                       - ONe thing I know having worked in criminal investigations....  MedicalAdmin   Dec-01-11 04:11 PM   #115 
                          - One of the biggest rumors out there, in late eighties and early  truedelphi   Dec-02-11 03:58 PM   #118 
                    - Let me restate that:  caseymoz   Dec-01-11 02:59 PM   #113 
                       - Okay - I guess that is one way to handle it....  MedicalAdmin   Dec-01-11 04:08 PM   #114 
                          - You're getting me off topic, but I'm far more skeptical about the size of trafficking.  caseymoz   Dec-02-11 02:18 PM   #117 
        - Where did you get five years? According the Las Vegas Sun link, she was facing one year  Uncle Joe   Dec-01-11 11:19 AM   #108 
     - How does suicide make any sense whatsoever? nt  Lorien   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #53 
        - Suicide rarely makes sense to others or to those who havent ever considered it.  cstanleytech   Nov-30-11 02:51 AM   #60 
           - Suicide  RobinA   Nov-30-11 11:12 AM   #92 
           - That's true, too  treestar   Nov-30-11 11:46 AM   #93 
     - Don't the usually have an ME on site with them? But your  gateley   Nov-30-11 09:37 AM   #89 
  - Presume her testimony is now as gone as she is ????  defendandprotect   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #33 
  - Now that she is dead, it is possible that transcripts can be  treestar   Nov-30-11 09:26 AM   #87 
     - Thanks --  defendandprotect   Nov-30-11 11:02 AM   #91 
  - If she had already spilled the beans...  LanternWaste   Nov-30-11 07:21 AM   #71 
  - Why didn't "they" "murder" her before her testimony/plea then?  treestar   Nov-30-11 09:19 AM   #82 
  - Money Money Money  Tsiyu   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #15 
  - Oh be absolutely certain she died of natural causes  jimlup   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #17 
     - It sucks to be so cynical  Tsiyu   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #20 
        - That would have made it difficult to kill her. nt  Deep13   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #24 
        - Perhaps because she might not have been all that important of a witness ?  cstanleytech   Nov-30-11 02:51 AM   #61 
  - Wow!! What a coincidence. Scheduled to appear to testify but is found dead. Amazing. REC. nt  bertman   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #22 
  - says sentencing hearing, read again.  lonestarnot   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #25 
  - "scheduled to be sentenced."  treestar   Nov-30-11 09:24 AM   #86 
     - I stand corrected by lonestarnot and treestar (corrected by the stars?). Mea culpa.  bertman   Nov-30-11 12:00 PM   #94 
  - How convenient.....  DeSwiss   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #26 
  - All that means is that there are no suspicious/bloody holes in the epidermis.  RC   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #29 
  - Not buying it.  DeSwiss   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #37 
  - Exactly.But it's already very clear who law enforcement works for  Lorien   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #52 
     - Precisely.  DeSwiss   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #54 
  - Message received. It almost doesn't matter what the cause of death actually was.  No Elephants   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #27 
  - Why is everyone assuming murder?  Orrex   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #28 
  - She pled guilty as part of a deal for her testimony against the  RaleighNCDUer   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #42 
  - I think that, at present, we lack suffficient information to conclude that she WAS murdered  Orrex   Nov-30-11 05:06 AM   #68 
  - Watch the video at the link  me b zola   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #43 
  - I believe its possible, do I know it for sure? Nope but nor do I know that she was murdered or that  cstanleytech   Nov-30-11 02:51 AM   #62 
  - Sure it could.  Orrex   Nov-30-11 05:08 AM   #69 
  - Because they watch too much CSI.  jobycom   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #56 
  - She probably knew who planted the tactical nuke in WTC7  Orrex   Nov-30-11 05:09 AM   #70 
  - Everyone isn't assuming murder.  No Elephants   Nov-30-11 08:14 AM   #75 
  - At the time that I posted, most people in the thread were doing so.  Orrex   Nov-30-11 08:30 AM   #76 
  - True, but just one year and a few thousand dollars  treestar   Nov-30-11 09:22 AM   #85 
  - I watch Forensic Files on TV  Bryn   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #31 
  - Guess she won't be able to strike a plea bargain by turning state's evidence  scotchleaf   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #34 
  - You plea bargain before the case goes to jury. You give info  alfredo   Nov-30-11 08:42 AM   #77 
  - who else was involved?  Rosa Luxemburg   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #35 
  - wow...what a story.  SoapBox   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #38 
  - How do they rule out homicide so quickly  JJW   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #39 
  - My thoughts exactly. (nt)  redqueen   Nov-30-11 07:46 AM   #73 
  - Not a homicide? BULLSHIT!!!  Odin2005   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #41 
  - How many times have deaths like this one been ruled as "not homicide"??? besides the plane crashesnt  Pryderi   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #44 
  - Remember Sean Hoare, found dead in July? He blew the whistle on Murdoch.  dixiegrrrrl   Nov-30-11 10:05 AM   #90 
     - Thanks! That was the other recent murder. n/t  Pryderi   Nov-30-11 11:35 PM   #103 
  - Another case of Baxter's disease?  KamaAina   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #45 
  - Accidentally suicided  nolabels   Nov-30-11 02:51 AM   #64 
  - K&R...  midnight   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #48 
  - She went naturally or took her own life just like the Washington Madam.  avaistheone1   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #49 
  - Ding! Ding! Ding!  usrname   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #51 
  - Can you prove she didnt though?  cstanleytech   Nov-30-11 02:51 AM   #63 
     - commenters aren't paid to discover the facts, we have to hope someone who is paid will tell them,  Divine Discontent   Nov-30-11 02:51 AM   #67 
        - Oh I do agree its suspicious and it  cstanleytech   Nov-30-11 07:43 AM   #72 
           - It would be more suspicious if it was before the trial.  alfredo   Nov-30-11 08:44 AM   #78 
  - Most likely suicide  usrname   Nov-30-11 02:50 AM   #50 
  - Well, isn't that convenient.  krispos42   Nov-30-11 02:51 AM   #65 
  - Ooops... NT  Gringostan   Nov-30-11 09:18 AM   #81 
  - What a coinkydink!  Odin2005   Nov-30-11 07:48 AM   #74 
  - The company, Lender Processing Services (LPS) is one of, maybe the largest, foreclosure  suffragette   Nov-30-11 01:23 PM   #96 
  - Witness in LPS foreclosure case an apparent suicide  muriel_volestrangler   Nov-30-11 05:01 PM   #101 
  - suicide-d? certainly is awful coincidental. sad story.  Divine Discontent   Dec-01-11 12:44 PM   #110 
  - INTERESTING! VERY!  burrowowl   Dec-01-11 01:45 AM   #104 
  - Wow,,,,, unbelievable  goforit   Dec-01-11 06:04 AM   #105 

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