Nancy Carroll Pleads Guilty to Stealing More than $1.6 Million from Title Company

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Your worst real estate nightmare: You close on your home, but the sales funds actually don’t pay off your mortgage. Enter Nancy Carroll, the prominent Southlake title agent whose title company was raided by the Texas Department of Insurance about a year and a half ago. Regulators said they were looking for $3 million missing from the company’s escrow accounts, and $2 million from separate investor accounts.

Well, Nancy pleaded guilty Monday in Fort Worth to stealing more than $1.6 million, before she attempted to abandon her business and skipped town last year.

Nancy Jackson Spinks, also known as Nancy Carroll, was arrested in February, 2016, in a north shore suburb of Chicago. She was renting a 6,000-square-foot home in Lake Forest, Ill.

Nancy’s business, Millennium Title, was taken over by the Texas Department of Insurance in February of 2016 when regulators said it had become insolvent and Nancy, the owner, had disappeared. Nearly $3 million had vanished from the company’s escrow account. At the time, sources told me the funds stolen could be as high as $30 million.

Nancy had been living in Lake Forest, Illinois, a north shore Chicago suburb, where she had rented a house until police caught up with her. According to a source, Nancy was up north visiting her sister, Diana Stehling, who lives there with her children and husband. Diana is a CPA, according to my sources. Nancy was caught when she went out to eat at a Chicago area mall and paid for her food with her PayPal account. Mall security was notified that she was “wanted”, and she was arrested while walking to her 16 year old son’s Mercedes. She was then expedited back to Texas (click on this link for the Motion for Substituted Service).

No sentencing date has been set, but we are watching. Nancy’s crime carries punishment of five to 99 years in prison. But she could also be eligible for parole, according to prosecutors.

Here is what Carroll pleaded guilty to: misappropriation of fiduciary property and theft of $1.6 million.

Her attorney, Lance Evans, did not indicate whether she would seek probation, but offered this statement:

“Ms. Carroll admits her responsibility for the conduct alleged in the indictment and is prepared to receive her punishment at the appropriate time,” he said.

I have so many questions. One, what is Bubba, her 22- year-old husband doing now? And two, what happened to her first attorney, Tim Moore?


Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. jeff b says

    5 million is missing per the regulators but she plead guilty to theft of 1.6 million? I assume this was part of the plea agreement and had something to do with minimum sentencing guidelines?

  2. Kenny says

    Don’t let this happen to your title company. This is a prime example of why you should have or demand that the Title Company that you choose has a third party, industry specific reconciler, reconciling monitoring, and managing the escrow accounts!! Call us, we can help, or ask your Underwriter who they prefer you contact for help preventing this from happening.

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