“MERS & Banks may have added fraud to the repertoire of services they offer”

Just one day after Guilford County, NC Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen announced a press conference during which he would reveal the findings of his investigation into fraudulent mortgage practices, Essex Southern District (of Massachusetts) Registry of Deeds and Register John O’Brien announced that he had forwarded certified copies of 286  Bank of America’s mortgage discharges recorded with what he calls “questionable and possibly fraudulent signatures of the notorious Linda Green” to United States Attorney, Carmen Ortez, Attorney General, Martha Coakley, and Essex County District Attorney, Jonathan Blodgett.

Though O’Brien’s announcement comes on the heels of the North Carolina press release, he has already made news with his declaration that MERS owed his county approximately $22 million for recording fees lost as a result of the company’s unofficial recording service and when he wrote to the state Treasurer requesting that his county’s accounts be moved from Bank of America and placed with a community bank that did not do business with MERS.