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Accused prosecutor fired in real estate fraud case

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A Pennsylvania assistant district attorney was fired this week after a California title insurance company filed a lawsuit alleging he and his wife forged closing documents bearing its name on real estate transactions through his private law practice, media reports said. First American Title Insurance Co. filed the complaint Monday against Mark F. Morrison and Deborah DeFranks Morrison in Fayette County, Pa., Common Pleas Court, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Wednesday. Morrison "categorically denied" all accusations, the Uniontown Herald-Standard reported. The attorney told the Herald-Standard he had "plenty of proof that there is no validity to the accusations." In one instance, First American alleges Morrison and his wife, who is a secretary at his law office in Hopwood, South Union Township, were unable to account for money received from a mortgage company to pay off a mortgage for a client's Hopwood residence at the time of the Aug. 17 closing, the Tribune-Review reported...