The issue of employees of so-called foreclosure / bankruptcy services firms being allowed to sign legal documents (with said documents to be filed in court in connection with foreclosure actions) as officers of multiple, foreclosing financial institutions was the topic of several past posts
Examples of how one company, Fidelity National Foreclosure Services and affiliates, of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, has made available dozens of its employees to foreclosing lenders & mortgage servicers to act as authorized corporate officers for the limited purpose of signing necessary documents to be filed in court in the effort to obtain foreclosure judgments can be found in the following documents filed in the Massachusetts land records.
To access the following five links below, first go to www.lowelldeeds.com
, then come back to this page and click the following linked Book/Pages:(1)
With respect to one of the Fidelity National employees whose name appears as an authorized corporate officer for all of the above listed companies (a certain Laura Hescott), a quick search of the online New York court cases reveals that Ms. Hescott receives mention in at least the following four foreclosure actions in her capacity as a vice president of one of the entities having some involvement in the foreclosure action:
- Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Ams. v Peabody, 2008 NY Slip Op 51286(U) [20 Misc 3d 1108(A)]; June 26, 2008, Supreme Court, Saratoga County, Nolan, J.; (Hescott was identified as vice president of Deutsche Bank, according to the decision);
- Deutsche Bank National Trust Company v. Harris, 2008 NY Slip Op 30308(U); February 5, 2008, Supreme Court, Kings County, Schack, J.; (Hescott was identified as vice president of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, according to the decision);
- IndyMac Bank, FSB v Bethley, 2009 NY Slip Op 50186(U) [22 Misc 3d 1119(A)]; February 6, 2009, Supreme Court, Kings County, Schack, J.; (Hescott was identified as vice president of both Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems and vice president of IndyMac, according to the decision);
- Indymac Bank, FSB v Boyd, 2009 NY Slip Op 50094(U) [22 Misc 3d 1112(A)]; January 22, 2009, Supreme Court, Kings County, Schack, J.; (Hescott was identified as vice president of IndyMac, according to the decision).
Note that in none of these four New York cases is it reflected that Laura Hescott, although signing documents as a vice president for one of the financial institutions, appears to actually be an employee of Fidelity National who is merely out on loan to the institution.
Thanks to Mike Dillon at GetDShirtz.com for the heads-up on the foregoing information.
(1) For evidence of additional similar arrangements between Fidelity National and other lenders and loan servicers in Massachusetts & New Hampshire (sorry, no direct links to the New Hampshire documents):
First go to suffolkdeeds.com - then come back to this page and click the following link:
New Hampshire (requires Java-enabled browsers):
First go to nhdeeds.com (Hillsborough County) - then do a "document search" by entering the Book & Page number for the following documents in the appropriate boxes in the upper right hand corner of the "search screen":
- Book 8000 / Page 2106 (HSBC Consumer Lending (USA) Inc., Beneficial Company LLC, & HFC Company LLC.);
- Book 8035 / Page 583 (Wachovia Mortgage Corporation; power of attorney that lists the functions that the "dummy" assistant vice presidents (employees of Fidelity National) are authorized to perform on behalf of Wachovia);
- Book 8037 / Page 142 (Beneficial New Hampshire Inc.);
- Book 8023 / Page 51 (Washington Mutual Bank Affidavit stating that Laura Hescott signed an assignment of mortgage as an assistant vice president for Washington Mutual);
- Book 7833/ Page 2052 (HSBC Mortgage Corp.; Laura Hescott signs foreclosure deed as "attorney in fact" on behalf of HSBC).
First go to nhdeeds.com (Rockingham County) - then do a "document search" by entering the Book & Page number for the following documents in the appropriate boxes in the upper right hand corner of the "search screen":
- Book 4922/ Page 2932 (Household Finance Corporation II);
- Book 4945/ Page 2067 (Beneficial Mortgage Company of New Hampshire). EpsilonMissingDocsMtg Arthur M. Schack