Another Subpoena Issued in Criminal Probe of Mortgage Processors
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today that he has issued a second criminal investigative subpoena against national mortgage servicing support provider DocX as his office continues to investigate questionable mortgage documentation filed with Michigan’s Register of Deeds offices during the current foreclosure crisis.
Schuette said “we are moving forward with our investigative efforts to find answers on behalf of Michigan homeowners.”
The Attorney General is empowered to pursue criminal investigative subpoenas under the Code of Criminal Procedure. Schuette’s office has requested documents and information regarding DocX operations in relation to foreclosure and/or bankruptcy-related document processing. The subpoena was approved by the 54B District Court in Ingham County, and the information must be provided to the Attorney General’s Office on or before April 4, 2012. This is the second criminal subpoena filed during the course of Schuette’s investigation. Schuette previously filed a criminal subpoena against DocX on June 12, 2011.
In April 2011, Schuette launched an investigation after county officials across the state reported that they suspected Assignement of Mortgage documents filed in their offices may have been forged. A “60 Minutes” news broadcast had shown that the name “Linda Green” was signed to thousands of mortgage-related documents nationwide, but with many different variations in handwriting. County officials in Michigan reviewed their files and found similar documents, thus raising questions about the authenticity of the documents filed.