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Robo-Signing Case Derailed

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LAS VEGAS CBS KXNT- An ambitious robosigning prosecution against two employees of a mortgage loan processing service has been derailed, after a judge dismissed all 306 counts against the defendants.

The attorney for one of the defendants reeled of a litany of actions by the Nevada Attorney General’s office which he characterized to KXNT as misconduct. John Heuston accused Catherine Cortez Masto and her staff of misreprenting facts, and of presenting inadmissible and inflammatory testimony to the grand jury.

Prosecutors included testimony about foreclosures that had no connection to the crimes alleged here or the defendants in the case, Heuston told KXNT on Wednesday.

“The case was infected with misconduct,” Heuston said.

Masto’s office has said it did not attempt to mislead, and expressed confidence that Judge Carolyn Ellsworth realizes that. A written statement from the office also suggests the judge left the door open for the case to be refiled.

The defendants were Gary Trafford and Geraldine Sheppard, who both worked as middle manangers in a firm that participated in thousands of foreclosures in Southern Nevada. They were accused of being part of a massive robosigning scheme.

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