First Serious Criminal Investigation into Foreclosure: Foreclosure Fraud Whistleblower Found Dead

04 Dec

In an eerie twist, the story of the first serious criminal investigation into the massive foreclosure fraud scandal in the US has somehow resulted in the death of the whistleblower in Nevada who had stepped forward as a notary signing documents in the ‘robosigning’ scheme.

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Foreclosure fraud whistleblower found dead

By Madison Ruppert

Editor of End the Lie

Tracy Lawrence, a 43-year-old notary who blew the whistle on the immense robo-signing scandal was found dead in her home on Monday morning after failing to appear in court.

Lawrence had pled guilty to one count of notary fraud last Monday after coming forward earlier this month and confessing to notarizing roughly 25,000 documents in a fraudulent foreclosure scheme.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Lawrence admitted to notarizing the documents for a Florida-based company used by most major banks to process home repossessions called Lender Processing Services.

After Lawrence did not show up in court at 8:30 AM Monday for her sentencing hearing and her attorney did not speak to her for over an hour, the Senior Deputy Attorney General, Robert Giunta requested a bench warrant.

The judge denied Giunta’s request for a warrant for Lawrence’s arrest but after her lawyer voiced concern over Lawrence’s wellbeing, police were dispatched to Lawrence’s home.

Police then discovered Lawrence’s body in her home. Las Vegas Metro Homicide Detectives are now working the case.

According to local Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV MyNews3, it is currently unclear if Lawrence’s death was the result of a suicide or if it was due to natural causes.

Yesterday, Las Vegas Homicide Detectives said that they had ruled out homicide as a possible cause of death.

Gary Trafford and Geraldine Sheppard, title officers living in California, are allegedly responsible for the so-called robo-signing scheme which involved forging signatures on notices of default numbering in the tens of thousands between the years of 2005 and 2008.

Nevada’s Attorney General is negotiating the terms of surrender for Trafford and Shepard who are expected to surrender at some point in December.

A major red flag is raised in this case when one considers the fact that Lawrence’s charge of one count of notarizing the signature of a person not in her presence carries a sentence of up to one year of jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

Compare this with the indictments against Trafford and Sheppard which are 606 counts of offering false instruments for recording, false certification on certain instruments and notarization of the signature of a person not in the presence of a notary public.

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  1. S. Quade

    December 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    How about an investigation of Kellerman’s “suicide”?

  2. admin

    December 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Occupy Wall Street gains high-level support at sacrifice of human life

    A Las Vegas notary whistleblower and key witness of the nation’s massive bank fraud was found dead Monday, days before an Attorney General filed the first fraud lawsuit against five large Wall Street banks, while another bank fraud whistleblower human rights defender is in hiding. These events demonstrate justification for Occupy Wall Street and lend support to the Occupy human rights-based movement comprised of rights defenders risking life and well-being to stand up to massive Wall Street corruption.

    Monday, Tracy Lawrence, 43, a notary public whistleblower on bank fraud, was found dead at her Las Vegas home after missing court for a misdemeanor that would have placed her in position as key witness against two Southern California title officers accused of orchestrating massive mortgage foreclosure fraud, the “robo-signing” fraud scheme, according to a state prosecutor Wednesday.

    Lawrence’s cause of death has not been determined but the case is not being investigated as homicide according to police spokesperson, Officer Jacinto Rivera of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

    AP reported Tuesday that Las Vegas police said it could be weeks before investigators know how Lawrence died.

    Earlier this month, Lawrence became a targeted individual after blowing the whistle, reporting to Nevada AG’s Office that she had notarized 25,000 fraudulent documents for Lender Processing Services, the Florida-based company most major banks use to process home repossessions. The documents were filed with Clark County Recorder’s Office between 2005 and 2008, Los Angeles Times reported.

    Blowing the whistle on corruption has a high correlation with the innocent people becoming Targeted Individuals. Those who escape being mudered report to the Examiner that their lives are ruined and they live in constant fear due to ongoing, repeated, frequent covert harassment and what most call torture.

    NBC station KSNV of Las Vegas reported Lawrence was to appear in court Monday. Her death is attributed to suicide, but without a homicide investigation, the untimely death is questioned.

    Thursday, Massachusetts filed the first major lawsuit over fraudulent “robo-signing” foreclosure processing according to CNBC.

    Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed the lawsuit against five large U.S. banks, accusing them of deceptive foreclosure practices, “a signal of ebbing confidence that a multi-state agreement can be worked out.”

    AG Coakley filed suit against Bank of America [BAC 5.8189 0.2889 (+5.22%) ], JP Morgan Chase [JPM 32.63 2.17 (+7.12%) ], Citi [C 28.38 1.39 (+5.15%) ], Ally Financial andWells Fargo [WFC 26.3099 0.6699 (+2.61%) ], plus MERS corp (Mortgage Electronic Registration System, Inc.).

    The AG alleges these five entities:

    “engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices in violation of Massachusetts’ law by: Pervasive use of fraudulent documentation in the foreclosure process, including so-called “robo-signing”, foreclosing without holding the actual mortgage, corrupting Massachusetts land recording system through the use of MERS, and failing to uphold loan modification promises to Massachusetts homeowners.”

    The suit “names the banks’ private mortgage registry, MERS, as a defendant, accusing it of dodging fees and corrupting the state’s land recording system.”

    The suit seeks civil penalties and restitution for alleged harm to borrowers, plus compensation for state registration fees that were allegedly avoided.

    The lawsuit also seeks, “to hold the banks accountable through permanent injunctive relief to provide a solution for prior unlawful foreclosures and to require that the banks, going forward, register assignments and other documents in accordance with Massachusetts law.”

    Lawrence silenced after blowing whistle on massive bank corruption

    The late Tracy Lawrence’s accusations included naming two loan officers of allegedly running the massive robo-signing fraud scheme, saying they forged signatures on tens of thousands of default notices according to CBS News.

    “Nevada now alleges that Gary Trafford, 49, of Irvine, Calif., and Gerri Sheppard, 62, of Santa Ana, Calif., directed their employees to forge foreclosure documents, notarize the signatures on the documents they had forged and file the fraudulent paperwork in order to begin foreclosures on homes throughout the county.”

    Trafford and Sheppard have been indicted on over 600 counts of offering false instruments for recording, false certification on certain instruments, and notarizing the signature of a person not in presence of a notary public.

    Neither Trafford or Sheppard have been arrested or appeared in a Nevada court to answer the felony charges of offering a false instrument and false certification of an instrument, plus over 100 misdemeanor notarization charges in the 439-page indictment handed against them Nov. 16.

    Lawrence had agreed to testify against the two men according to CBS News.

    If convicted, Trafford and Sheppard could face decades in prison.

    Whistleblower with bank fraud smoking gun in hiding

    In early January, when Los Angeles based human rights defender, Dr. Joseph Zernik, head of Human Rights Alert and defender of thousands of targeted individuals, blew the whistle on massive bank fraud involving false instruments for recording, he was threatened with violence and feared for his life.

    Dr. Zernik, human rights advocate for some 30,000 Falsely Imprisoned Persons (FIP) in the Los Angeles prison system plus millions of homeowners robbed by banks, both injustices due to court corruption, was threatened with violence by unidentified armed federal agents.

    In 2010, Bank of America (BofA) shareholder Dr. Zernik had claimed to possess evidence of BofA President, Brian Moynihan securities fraud and that the SEC v BAC (1:09-cv-06829) litigation was a bogus litigation.

    “These are securities fraud that would bar a person from the financial industry for life,” stated Dr. Zernik yesterday. (“(Video) Evidence of Bank of America fraud”)

    Later, threats of violence against Dr. Zernik followed his revealing invalid litigation of cases in the US District Court, Central District of California, and publication of void judgments in PACER dockets. His investigation led to discovering due to ongoing fraud, innocent people were being imprisoned.

    Dr. Zernik’s smoking gun was absence of NEFs, Notice of Electronic Filing, making incarceration decisions and other rulings fraudulent. Zernik would discover and report other high-level Los Angeles court corruption.

    On January 2, 2011, Dupré reported:

    “The threat against Dr Zernik in April 2010 followed his requests that were filed with the Clerk of the Court, Terry Nafisi and the Chief Judge, Audrey Collins, US District Judge, Central District of California, that were also published online, to correct the false PACER dockets, pursuant to the Code of Conduct of US Judges.

    “The requests for correction of the PACER dockets pertained to litigations in Zernik v Connor et al (2:08-cv-1550) and Fine v Sheriff (2:09-cv-01914), both of which originated from claims of widespread corruption of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles,” reported Dr. Zernik today in a written statement

    Dr. Zernik had also named names saying that in the former case mentioned above, US Judge Virginia Phillips appeared as presiding judge. In the latter, US Judge John Walter was the presiding judge. In both cases, US Magistrate Carla Woehrle also appeared. Evidence showed that neither judges, nor magistrate appeared with a valid Assignment/Referral Order.

    “Without a valid Assignment/Referral Order, judges and magistrates lack judicial authority in a case.”

    “Dr. Zernik’s investigations revealed that in both cases, judgments were published as “entered” in online PACER dockets, but judgments were issued with invalid certificates of authentication/attestation by the Clerk of the Court.

    Dr. Zernik had asserted, “Absent valid authentication/attestation by the clerk, a judgment is void. However, the online PACER dockets would mislead a reasonable person to conclude that the judgments were valid and effectual court records.”

    “In both cases, the Clerk of the Court refuses to certify the PACER dockets. In both cases, no corrective actions have been taken to this date regarding the false and deliberately misleading online PACER dockets.” (“US Marshals threaten violence against Human Rights defender,” Dupré, D., Human Rights,, January 2, 2011)

    Dupré’s January report included, “On or about April 24, 2010, a neighbor of Dr. Zernik’s told him that the previous night, unidentified armed federal agents appeared at Dr. Zernik’s residence and tried to apprehend him.

    According to the neighbor, the agents also knocked on his door and asked the neighbor about Dr. Zernik’s whereabouts. The neighbor also told Dr. Zernik about his concern that shooting was going to take place if the agents appeared again.

    Dr. Zernik immediately abandoned his residence and has not returned ever since.

    “About that time, this writer received a phone call from her noticeably shaken colleague, dr. Zernik. He requested that, if his postings are not seen for a few days, she reach out. He feared being kidnapped or disappeared in prison, justifiable fears few know as well as he.

    For peacefully working to expose Wall Street banks and the “justice” system fraud, Dr. Zernik had narrowly escaped his residence and remains in hiding. The Examiner has not received replies to messages sent to Dr. Zernik Thursday.

    As President Barack Obama’s “targeted killing” executive order declared, a secret panel of senior government officials can put Americans on a ‘kill list,’ and then inform the president of its decisions, even when evidence is “patchy” according to Reuters.

    Copyright Deborah Dupré, 2010. All rights reserved.

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