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DocX founder sentenced to five years on federal charges

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 7:04 p.m. CDT; updated 7:50 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA — A Georgia woman whose company prepared and filed fraudulent mortgage documents across the country, including in Boone County, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison on federal charges.

Lorraine Brown, the former chief executive of DocX LLC, pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in November, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to previous Missourian reporting, DocX fraudulently signed and notarized mortgage documents that were used by banks to foreclose on properties that were in default, including properties in Boone County.

Brown is scheduled to be sentenced in Boone and Jackson counties next month on charges filed by Attorney General Chris Koster. Brown pleaded guilty last November to felony counts of perjury and forgery and one misdemeanor count of false declaration.

DocX LLC and Brown were indicted by a Boone County grand jury in February 2012 on 136 counts of forgery and making false declarations based on 68 notarized deeds of release filed with the county's Recorder of Deeds.

Brown is scheduled to be sentenced in Boone County on July 22 for the felony forgery and false declaration charges before being sentenced for felony perjury in Jackson County the following day, according to a press release issued by the Missouri Attorney General's Office.

Based on her plea agreement, Brown's sentences in Missouri will run concurrently with her federal sentence, according to Koster's news release.

In May, Brown was sentenced in Michigan to a minimum of 40 months and a maximum of 20 years after pleading guilty to racketeering.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.


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