For Immediate Release:            Contact:   Jeff Thigpen June 15, 2011                                    (336) 451-5300

Greensboro, NC-Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen announced today that he will travel to Washington, D.C. to join President Barack Obama and members of his administration at a White House reception honoring Young Elected Officials on this Friday, June 17th.

“I’m truly honored to be invited by the President and it will be one of the highlights of my career as a public servant”, said Register of Deeds Thigpen. “On the other hand, I’m carrying the weight I what I see in the economy and it’s challenging. People are hurting as the housing industry has been wounded by a culture of quick money that led to the crash in our economy.  We’ve got to return to fundamentals that help working people get back on their feet coupled with an unshakeable commitment to transparency and fair dealing in our financial services industry.”

Returning to fundamentals are important to Thigpen because he recently found 4500 potentially fraudulent land record documents in the Guilford County Register of Deeds as a result of an internal investigation.  The legal documents were submitted by a company named Doc X, owned by Lender Processing Services which contracted with major banks Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) among others.  They were signed by a number of “robo-signers” including the name Linda Green representing a number of banks and mortgage companies that had between four and fifteen different signature variations and acknowledged before notaries as authentic. Each of those companies and banks mentioned are now under investigation.

Register Thigpen initiated his investigation after former Doc X employees admitted the company’s business practices on national television during a CBS 60 Minutes segment on the mortgage paperwork mess.  Thigpen sent his own findings to federal regulator agencies and the 50 State Attorneys’ General Investigation into Foreclosure Fraud in May.

Prior to the reception, Thigpen will be attending a special policy briefing with senior White House and Administration officials on topics including housing, immigration reform, innovation, energy, and job creation.

Jeff Thigpen, 40, was elected to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners at age 27 and is author of the upcoming book, Young Politics profiling young elected leaders 35 and under committed to progressive values.  Young Politics will be published by Polar Bear and Company in Maine and released later this year.

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