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Michigan Attorney General Subpoenas Mortgage Processors

June 15, 2011

(Updates with CT Corporation System comment in ninth paragraph.)

June 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Michigan attorney general’s office subpoenaed three mortgage processors including Lender Processing Services Inc. as part of a state probe of robo- signing.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said his office served Lender Processing, Fidelity National Financial Inc. and CT Corporation System with investigative subpoenas as affiliates of DocX, a mortgage service support provider. The attorney general said he is seeking information about documents signed by DocX employees as “Linda Green.”

The subpoenas are part of a criminal investigation into questionable mortgage documentation filed with Michigan’s Register of Deeds offices, Schuette’s office said in a statement today. The subpoenas were approved by the state court in Lansing June 13 and require responses by June 30, Schuette said.

“Allegations of forged mortgage documents are very serious and require a thorough investigation,” Schuette said. “I will continue to work closely with federal and local authorities to find answers on behalf of Michigan homeowners.”

Possible Forgeries

Schuette said he started the investigation in April after county officials across Michigan said they suspected assignment of mortgage documents filed in their offices may have been forged.

County officials in Michigan reviewed files after a “60 Minutes” broadcast by CBS Corp. showed that “Linda Green” was used to sign thousands of mortgage-related documents nationwide, with multiple variations in handwriting, Schuette’s office said in a statement.

The officials found similarly signed documents and Schuette is investigating whether certain mortgage processing companies permitted robo-signing of legal documents filed in connection with Michigan foreclosures.

Michelle Kersch, a Lender Processing Services spokeswoman, and Peter Sadowski, chief legal officer of Jacksonville, Florida-based Fidelity National, didn’t immediately return calls for comment. DocX is a document preparation subsidiary of Lender Processing Services.

CT Corporation System, a unit of Netherlands-based Wolters Kluwer NV, isn’t involved in mortgage servicing and processing and acts only as a registered agent of DocX, Stacy Nobles, a company spokeswoman, said today.

--Editors: David E. Rovella, Mary Romano

To contact the reporter on this story: Margaret Cronin Fisk in Detroit at mcfisk@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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