(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and received
via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
November 20, 2012 
Attorney General Koster announces plea agreement with Lorraine
- Former President of DocX to plead guilty for national mortgage
document robo-signing practices - 
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster today
announced that the state of Missouri and Lorraine Brown, former
President of DocX, LLC, have reached a plea agreement.  Under
the agreement, Ms. Brown will plead guilty to one felony count
of forgery, one felony count of perjury, and one misdemeanor
count of making a false declaration. 
Brown will be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of
not less than two years and not to exceed three years in the
Missouri Department of Corrections. 
Ms. Brown is the former President of the company DocX, LLC.
During the period of March to October 2009, DocX, at the
direction of Brown, instituted a surrogate signing policy
whereby employees signed, not their name, but the names of other
employees on thousands of mortgage documents that were notarized
and filed across the country.  Prior to 2009, similar signing
practices were also employed at DocX.  Brown concealed these
practices from her clients, the national mortgage servicers, and
the parent company of DocX.  The practices of DocX were brought
to national attention by a “60 Minutes” report and resulted in
several major lenders temporarily suspending foreclosures in
“DocX’s robo-signing practices were the worst in the county.
Surrogate-signing crosses the threshold into criminal activity,”
Koster said.  “This agreement brings to justice the person most
responsible for these activities and upholds the principle that
when you sign your name to a legal document, it matters.” 
Brown’s plea of guilty to forgery and making a false
declaration will be entered in Boone County where a criminal
prosecution is ongoing by the Missouri Attorney General and the
Boone County Prosecutor.  Brown’s plea of perjury will be
entered in Jackson County where a criminal prosecution is also
ongoing by the Missouri Attorney General and the Jackson County
The Attorney General’s Office worked in coordination
with the Boone County Prosecutor, the Jackson County Prosecutor,
the Boone County Recorder of Deeds, and the Jackson County
Recorder of Deeds. 
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