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Lawyer faces criminal charges over mortgage settlement payments

Ex-assistant DA allegedly pocketed elderly couples' money

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A Pennsylvania lawyer is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing nearly $100,000 in mortgage settlement payments from two elderly couples. Mark Morrison, 49, is accused of pocketing $99,182 he was given to settle previous outstanding mortgage loans on two properties. Morrison allegedly tried to conceal the fact that he had not paid off all the loans by changing the billing address for one of the loans and making smaller monthly payments himself. The scheme was uncovered in March when a payment arrived late and the mortgage company contacted the property owners, said Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett in a press release. Morrison is also accused of falsifying documents to deceive his clients into believing he had obtained title insurance for the mortgage settlements. Morrison also failed to make other required payments including taxes, hazard insurance, broker fees and processing fees, the complaint against him alleges. Morrison, a former Fayette County assistant distric...