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Is a Notary Public Commission a License to Commit Fraud?

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Thomas Pastore will share his Investigative Report on the Florida Notary Public and how the State of Florida Fails to protect the rights of honest Florida Residents by providing no oversight of almost 500,000 Notary Publics.

Facts About Florida Notary Publics

  • For about $79 almost anyone can become a Florida Notary Public including Non-U.S. Citizens and Felons.
  • Florida Notaries are NOT Required to keep a "Journal" of their transactions.
  • Complaints are mismanaged.
  • There is no Database with information on Complaints Filed Against Notaries or Notaries that have been Suspended.
  • There is only 1 Person in the "EOG- Notary Section" managing almost 500,000 Notary Publics.
  • Florida is the #1 State in Identity Theft and Property Theft.  Hmmmm......I wonder why?

Florida Notary Public Statutes - Chapter 117 http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0100-0199/0117/0117ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2012&Title=-%3E2012-%3EChapter%20117

Florida Facts and Information

  • "As you will see, there are several laws that make a Florida Notary "one of a kind."" http://www.notarysuccess.com/florida_notary.html
  • FTC Report http://www.ftc.gov/sentinel/reports/sentinel-annual-reports/sentinel-cy2012.pdf
  • The Florida Senate report / Committee on Commerce,/Interim Report of 2010-2012, states the following;
  • "The current application review process could be improved to provide a higher degree of protection to the Public against Fraud in Legal transactions." The statutorily  required information submitted by an applicant is NOT verified by the staff of either the Division of Corporations or by the EOG's  office.