LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada state attorney general is suing a Florida-based lender services company, seeking what could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars in civil penalties for an alleged scheme to file tens of thousands of fraudulent mortgage and foreclosure documents in the Las Vegas area.

State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto alleges in a civil lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court that Lender Processing Services Inc. and several subsidiaries engaged in widespread foreclosure document fraud, deception and misrepresentations in Nevada.

Officials with the company, based in Jacksonville, Fla., were reviewing the lawsuit and didn’t immediately comment Friday.

The attorney general has also filed criminal charges against two California-based company officials who have pleaded not guilty in the case.

Several notary public officials have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

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