SPRINGFIELD -- A dozen county recorders from throughout Illinois said Monday that they are ready to help Attorney General Lisa Madigan investigate incidents of “robosigning," in which mortgage company employees don’t read documents they sign and use fake signatures on documents.

SPRINGFIELD -- A dozen county recorders from throughout Illinois said Monday that they are ready to help Attorney General Lisa Madigan investigate incidents of “robosigning,” in which mortgage company employees don’t read documents they sign and use fake signatures on documents.


“Recorders throughout the state have taken notice and are cooperating in any way they can,” said Sangamon County Recorder Josh Langfelder at a news conference. “These alleged fraudulent schemes may not only jeopardize the land recordation system but may damage an individual’s property rights.


The recorders told Madigan in a letter June 10 that they could help Madigan discover information. The letter said the group believes “we have identified thousands, if not millions, of documents” that could help her investigation.


Recorders accept and make public records documents related to land in their counties. Other recorders signing the letter included Winnebago County Recorder Nancy McPherson, LaSalle County Recorder Tom Lyons, Whiteside County Recorder Dawn Young.


Madigan spokesman Scott Mulford said the attorney general will review the information.


The nation’s largest banks froze foreclosures last fall after the reliability of paperwork associated with them became suspect. Foreclosures resumed this past winter. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that county officials in Michigan, Massachusetts and North Carolina have received thousands of mortgage documents with questionable signatures.


Langfelder said the recorders are waiting for Madigan to give them more of an idea of what information will be helpful in her investigation.


Chris Wetterich can be reached at (217) 788-1523.