The Department of State's Disciplinary Actions: March 2021
The Bureau of Election Services and Notaries took the following disciplinary actions against notaries public in March 2021:
- An Adams County notary had their commission revoked, based on actions in notarizing a signed document wherein one signer was
deceased. Respondent is subject to disciplinary action for actions occurring under the Notary Public Law, 57 P.S. §168, in that Respondent failed to be familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a notary public, failed to establish identity of all parties, and failed to record notarial transactions and keep a notarial register.
- A Philadelphia County notary had their Commission revoked, based on 2018 guilty pleas to Forgery, Identity Theft, Making False Application for Title Registration, and Criminal Conspiracy to commit Identity Theft. Respondent is subject to disciplinary action under the
Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts, 57 Pa.C.S. §323(a), in that the respondent lacks the honesty, integrity, competence, or reliability to hold the office of notary public based on his convictions for offenses involving fraud, dishonesty or deceit. Additionally, Respondent failed to maintain custody and control of his notary seal in September 2017. Respondent’s notary seal was unsecured at his business location and Respondent was not present.
- A Washington County notary permanently and voluntarily surrendered their notary commission because they failed to require the personal appearance of the person executing the instrument subject to a notarial act, and failed to be of good character, integrity, and ability.
- A Washington County notary permanently and voluntarily surrendered their notary commission because they failed to be of good character, integrity and ability by failing to require a personal appearance and failing to maintain an accurate notary register.