It appears that as a result of a reader posting a complaint on this site, Attorney Lauren E. Womack learned that she was a victim of identity theft.
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As she says in her letter, “In 2011, I was a victim of identity theft in which my name was fraudulently used, without my permission or authorization, to solicit clients for mortgage loan modifications. Monitoring my name on the internet, I came across your website and the above post, which helped me to first become aware of the situation. Upon realizing that people were being victimized as a result of the identity theft committed against me, I immediately filed a police report, a copy which I have attached for your reference.”
In the police report filed on February 7, 2012, Womack identifies the suspect as Ofilio Gutierrez and the report says Womack ended a business relationship with Gutierrez on July 29, 2011 but that the “suspect continued to write checks using the victims DBA account.”
Womack has sent a cease and desist request to have the consumer complaint removed from this website. Unfortunately the police report attached only claims the suspect wrote fraudulent checks and not that business was conducted in her name without her knowledge.
On February 22, 2012, a commenter, identifying themselves as Attorney Womack, posted the following comment on the consumer complaint post:
Submitted on 2012/02/22 at 10:37 pm
This is attorney Lauren Womack. My office stopped taking on foreclosure defense clients at the end of July 2011. Since that time, I have attempted to remain accessible to clients and have worked through a third party to finalize clients’ pending modifications. My DIRECT contact information has been, and currently is, listed on the California Bar Association’s website. If you are interested in speaking directly with me I encourage you to call me or email me at your discretion. I remain open to discussing clients’ matters and addressing their concerns. I have never been, nor am I currently, in the business of “scamming” anyone. If you believe that you have not received the services that you retained me for, feel free to contact me to discuss the matter so that we might reach some degree of understanding.
At that time, two weeks after the filing of the police report, Womack did not made mention that she was the victim of identity theft. However the comment does say “My office stopped taking on foreclosure defense clients at the end of July 2011.” The consumer complaint in question says the issue occurred on June 30, 2011.
As more become available, I’ll let you know. Certainly a perplexing conundrum.
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