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Signing Agent Accused Of Selling Borrowers' Information To Identity Thieves

Signing Agent Accused Of Selling Borrowers' Information To Identity Thieves

January 18 th

Hodge was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of sharing consumers' social security numbers with a co-defendant in 2012. The co-defendant used the information to open credit card accounts and make purchases under false identities, according to court records.

Officials with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service allege that Hodge obtained the Social Security numbers of 16 borrowers involved in mortgage refinancing transactions and sold them for $20 each, according to local news reports.

While the case is a rarity, it illustrates one of the reasons why the Signing Professionals Workgroup has introduced more rigorous standards of training, compliance and background screenings for signing agents.

David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.