Judge Tosses Mortgage 'Robosigning' Case in Vegas

By: Ken Ritter, Associated Press Email
By: Ken Ritter, Associated Press Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada judge has dismissed all charges in a marquee felony criminal complaint the state attorney general filed in December 2011 accusing two lending services company employees of being part of a massive mortgage fraud "robosigning" scheme.

A lawyer for defendant Gary Trafford called Clark County District Court Judge Carolyn Ellsworth's decision on Monday to dismiss all 306 felony and misdemeanor charges against his client and co-defendant Gerry Sheppard as "extraordinary."

The attorney, John Hueston, on Tuesday accused Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and deputies of "prosecutorial misconduct" in the way they presented information to a grand jury to gain an indictment against Trafford and Sheppard.

Masto issued a statement saying there was no intent to mislead the grand jury.

She says she's considering whether to refile criminal charges.

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