Just days after Lisa Epstein came up short in her bid to win a term as Clerk of Courts in Palm Beach County, local media released a report (conveniently after the election) about criminal investigations into that office that is headed by Clerk Sharon Bock, Epstein’s opponent. The newspaper that now releases the story had endorsed Bock.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 20, 2012 10:00 am|
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 14, 2012 6:00 pm|
While Eric Schneiderman’s MERS lawsuit mostly crashed and burned, another suit against the electronic registry, filed just yesterday, appears to have more determination behind it. Jeff Thigpen, the register of deeds for Guilford County, North Carolina, sued MERS, the document processing company Lender Processing Services and several banks and loan servicers, using as evidence the contents of his register of deeds’ office.
|By: David Dayen Monday February 20, 2012 8:00 am|
More reactions from last week’s revelation from San Francisco Recorder-Assessor Phil Ting, that an overwhelming percentage of foreclosure documents he reviewed were found to be at least partially flawed. The two members of Congress who represent San Francisco want Attorney General Eric Holder to convene an investigation. That consists of Jackie Speier and the Minority Leader of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 21, 2011 3:00 pm|
“It was a bust.”
That’s what Guilford County register of deeds Jeff Thigpen told me about his visit to the White House last Friday. Many were intrigued by the surprise announcement that Thigpen would be part of a reception and policy briefing some of the nation’s brightest young legislators. He has been at the forefront among registers of deeds of the foreclosure fraud crisis, using the power of his office to document forgeries and other abuses by banks seeking to upend the land title recording system that has prevailed in America for centuries. There was a hope that this White House meeting would offer a chance for Thigpen to build on his success, and get the ear of top policymakers about the extent of the fraud.
It didn’t pan out.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 7, 2011 1:15 pm|
Only now are we beginning to get the investigations showing the extent of the problems, between Field’s findings, the subpoenas and spade work from state AGs, the HUD Inspector General report showing that the banks filed false claims to recoup government-funded insurance on FHA loans, and the recent discoveries from county registers of deeds. One register, Jeff Thigpen of Guilford County, North Carolina, looked through the records in his office and found thousands of instances of fraudulent documents and forged signatures. Another register, John O’Brien of the Southern Essex District in Massachusetts, has decided to reject all robo-signed records coming into his office, forcing the entities wishing to foreclosure under his jurisdiction to file separate forms.