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Foreclosure Fraud Witness Found Dead

Whistle

by Mike on November 30, 2011

The woman who blew the whistle to spark the first major robo-signing fraud indictments is dead. Yves at Naked Capitalism tells the story:

Nevada notary Tracy Lawrence, who was due to be sentenced today to up to a year in jail for a single count of misdemeanor fraud, went missing from her sentencing hearing today and was found dead…

Holy moley, the initial press reports omitted the key fact: it was Lawrence who turned Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on to two mid level LPS employees who face up to 30 years in jail each if found guilty.

Lawrence’s information was key to the recent Nevada indictments of Gary Trafford, and Geraldine Sheppard, who both worked for Lender Processing Services, the Florida company accused of falsifying thousands, if not millions, of foreclosure documents across the country.

MSNBC reports:

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.

It seems like someone facing only a year in jail and a $2,000 fine probably didn’t have grounds to commit suicide. No indication how homicide was ruled out—especially since they haven’t expressly ruled anything in. But considering her role in the coming criminal prosecutions of Trafford, Sheppard, and who knows how many others, her death seems awfully convenient for those that Trafford and Sheppard might expose. I hope those detectives did a very thorough job in “ruling out” homicide.

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