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ONLY ON 3: SBI investigates Navassa mayor

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NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) -- We have an update to a story you'll only see on three. The State Bureau of Investigation is launching an investigation into the mayor of Navassa. The SBI is investigating allegations of forgery involving an easement for water and sewer lines.

The request to investigate came from the Navassa Police Chief and District Attorney Rex Gore. Eulis Willis was recently relieved of many of his duties as Navassa mayor by the town council, after some property owners said their signatures were forged on a deed. Willis is still technically "the mayor," but is no longer allowed to sign any official documents, and is basically restricted to ceremonial ribbon cuttings and appearances until this matter is resolved.

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I am a Notary Public

It is easy to get complacent when you work for a high volume business like a car sales business or a law office. One tends to take the word of the employer that they saw the person sign the document. In the future, I shall be much more careful. If it offends the boss, that is his problem. He didn't take an oath with his hand on the Bible and swore before God that he would discharge the duties of a Notary Public.

Much of the forgery problems could be eliminated if Notaries took their duties seriously. I hope this does not cause the loss of respect for Notaries who take their duties seriously and properly ID the signatories.

Does the notary in the

Does the notary in the lawyer's offices ever identify signatories? Every law office that I am familiar with has at least one notary. Most of this type criminal activity could be stopped if the notary asked for identification. There must be a seal on the documents before they can be filed with the county Register of deeds. Did the notary of record ask for proper identification? If not, why not?

Notaries are appointed for a purpose. It appears that this could have been stopped if the notary public had properly identified the signatory.

A Notary Public must

A Notary Public must identify the signer of any legal document. The SBI should investigate the Notaries.