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Mortgage robo-signing names surface again



Florida names connected to last fall’s mortgage “robo-signing’’ scandal are turning up on documents again. County officials in at least three states say they have received thousands of mortgage documents with questionable signatures in the past eight months. Lenders say they are working with regulators to fix the problem but cannot explain why the practice, which led to a nationwide halt of home foreclosures, has continued.

Bryan Bly's name first surfaced in a story detailing how his name appeared on various documents that said he worked for a number of different companies.

His name and Crystal Moore's surfaced again last fall when video depositions they gave in a foreclosure case popped up on YouTube and AOL. In one deposition, Moore was asked if she ever read any of the documents she signed. She replied, “No.’’ Asked how much time she spent with each document, she said, “a few seconds.’’ When Bly was asked in the deposition what a mortgage assignment is, he replied: “I’m really not sure.”

Nationwide Title Clearing, the company that Bly and Moore worked for, obtained an injuction in December ordering Sarasota lawyer Christopher Forrest to remove the videotaped depositions.

What few people knew when the scandal first surfaced was that the Palm Harbor company had extensive ties to the Church of Scientology. And that NTC's owners, who have donated heavily to church projects, ran the company on management principles of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Norm Novitsky, a longtime Scientologist who founded NTC in 1992, once credited the company's success to Scientology.


[Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2011 7:25pm]


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