Yarbrough's legislative legacyHouse Bill 2832 – Creates a process, with judicial review, that will allow a Recorder of Deeds to remove a document suspected to be fraudulent from the chain of title. Requires notice to the filer and owner, and provides due process. The legislation identifies several red flags that may identify a fraudulent filing, and allows a Recorder to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with law enforcement agencies or other county officials to investigate and prosecute fraud.
House Bill 2905 – Increases the penalty for “unlawful clouding of title” (knowingly filing false claims of ownership or interest) from a misdemeanor to a felony.
House Bill 2269 – Extends a provision of the state Notary Act that is about to expire that requires notaries in Cook County to keep and forward a notarial record of each document that transfers ownership of residential real property to the Cook County Recorder’s office. This law helps provide information that could assist law enforcement with investigations into property or recording fraud. It also lets notaries know that these transactions are held to a high standard, and that they should exercise all due care in assuring documents and identification presented to them are legitimate.