Mortgage servicing firm Lender Processing Services settled with the U.S. Department of Justice over alleged fraudulent mortgage practices in order to avoid federal criminal prosecution, Mortgage Daily reported Feb. 18.
The settlement signed Feb. 15 will cost LPS $35 million, although that amount is far less than a similar settlement it reached with 46 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia in January for $127 million.
LPS’ former foreclosure processing unit, DocX LLC, was accused of engaging in a six-year scheme to prepare and file more than a million fraudulently signed and notarized mortgage-related documents, Mortgage Daily reported.
Lorraine Brown, chief executive officer of DocX, pleaded guilty to charges in U.S. District Court in Florida in November. She and her subordinates allegedly allowed unauthorized personnel to sign and notarize documents from 2003-09.
“LPS has taken a number of remedial actions to address the misconduct at DocX,” the Justice Department noted. Those actions included winding down all of the unit’s operations and re-executing and re-filing mortgage documents deemed faulty, Mortgage Daily reported.
In 2012, LPS reported that it accumulated $223.1 million in legal and regulatory expenses, which covers settlements with state attorneys general over foreclosure and robo-signing issues and additional legal matters.