• Local businesswoman faces forgery charges in Mich.

    By: Mike Petchenik


    ALPHARETTA, Ga. - The Michigan attorney general has filed racketeering charges against an Alpharetta businesswoman, claiming her now-defunct company forged nearly 1,000 mortgage documents in his state.

    The charge comes just one week after Lorraine Brown pleaded guilty to similar accusations in a Florida federal court.

    Prosecutors said Brown was owner of DocX, a document processing company with an office off Windward Parkway. The company was hired by mortgage lenders to process and notarize documents, but prosecutors allege instead of legally processing the paperwork, Brown instructed her employees to forge the signatures.

    "Greed plus shortcuts means an extended stay in the federal penitentiary," said Attorney General Bill Schuette during a Monday morning press conference.

    According to court documents obtained by Channel 2's Mike Petchenik, the practice of "robo-signing" grossed Brown's company $60 million in six years. The U.S. attorney in Jacksonville alleges Brown's employees forged "thousands of signatures" daily, and made more money for each document they forged.

    Brown is facing similar charges in Missouri.

    Petchenik went to Brown's Alpharetta home for her side of the story, but a man inside didn't answer the door. A neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said she was "floored" by the allegations against her friend, Lori, as she's known in the neighborhood.

    "I never would have thought that would have happened or that she was involved with it," the woman told Petchenik. "They're amazing people. I'm shocked."

    Petchenik also reached out to Brown’s Florida-based attorney for comment, but didn’t hear back.

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