LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas-area notary public was found dead at her home several hours after missing sentencing on a misdemeanor fraud charge.

Police say there were no apparent signs of foul play in the death of 43-year-old Tracy Lawrence. Her body was found about 11:30 a.m. Monday at her Las Vegas apartment.

Sgt. Matt Sanford says the case isn’t being investigated as a homicide. It could be eight weeks before the Clark County coroner completes blood toxicology tests.

Lawrence faced up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine Monday for her guilty plea Nov. 14 to notarizing the signature of a person not in her presence.

KSNV-TV reports that Lawrence admitted notarizing tens of thousands of fraudulent documents as part of a wider foreclosure fraud scheme.

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Comments (2)
  1. Conjula Persimmon says:

    The woman was a whistleblower for god’s sake. How can they rule out homicide?

  2. bob brown says:

    i have 24 mers on my title, 15 robo singners, with proff.. and the great linda green. went to the attorney generals, office , the da offices the fbi office. no help any where. can not get in frount of a judge , to look at my paper work. need someones help . 702-460-1360

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