City Commissioners Chairwoman Lisa Marie Deeley, who is facing election in the May primary, quietly lost her notary license last year for failing to check the identification of a woman whose signature she notarized.
In doing so, Deeley approved documents that fraudulently deprived a woman of her right to her husband’s death benefits. The husband was an acquaintance of Deeley’s and in the midst of a contentious divorce.
Asked about the lifetime loss of her license, Deeley initially denied that she had been sanctioned by the state.
“I didn’t do anything wrong. I just surrendered my notary,” she said last week. “My notary was not relinquished because of any disciplinary action.”