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Foreclosure fraud whistleblower found dead
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Edited on Tue Nov-29-11 10:10 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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