Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Corteś and Basil Merenda, commissioner of the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, have announced disciplinary actions against 14 notaries for March through July 2008.
Patricia Lint made many mistakes in her more than 40 years as a notary. Those mistakes cost the western Pennsylvania woman her freedom. In 2006, police discovered her notary commission had expired and her seal had been confiscated by the Department of State. Yet she continued to pass herself off as a commissioned Pennsylvania notary, going so far as to use notary seals from other people. Lint was sentenced to one to two years in prison.