Key Witness in Massive Mortgage Foreclosure "Robo-Signing" Fraud Case Turns Up Dead
Las Vegas police, who say there were no obvious signs of foul play, are not investigating Lawrence's death as a homicide, according to CBS News Money Watch, which was told by the Clark County coroner a cause of death may not be known for weeks. She's presumed to have taken her own life.
Lawrence faced up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine at her sentencing after pleading guilty Nov. 14 to a single count of notarizing the signature of a person not in her presence. She worked for Lender Processing Services Inc. (LPS), which processes home repossessions for major banks across the country. It is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but has an office in Irvine.
According to John Kelleher, a chief deputy Nevada attorney general, Lawrence had estimated she fraudulently notarized more than 30,000 documents between 2005 and 2008 by attesting to the validity of signatures of people not in her presence.
Sheppard and Trafford, who have not yet been arrested, could face more than 200 felony charges of offering a false instrument and false certification of an instrument, and more than 100 misdemeanor notarization charges that could make their new home Nevada prison cells with convictions.