Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Not really the owner?? No biggie...

I'll say one thing for the housing market meltdown, it has made for some crazy creativity...

DELTONA -- A Volusia County man was arrested for allegedly filing phony court papers claiming ownership of several foreclosed homes.

Volusia County investigators say Andrew Brown, 29, took down the "for sale" signs at a home on Shadow Ridge Drive, changed the locks, and moved in.

Authorities did not uncover Brown's scam until a real state agent who had been contracted to sell another foreclosed home in Deltona reported that someone was living in the home.

Investigators discovered Brown filed phony liens and default notices on at least four homes.

He was charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.

Doesn't have to mean that it is always positive creativity.


Jim Johnson,CRS said...

That's one way to get a foreclosure!

Fanny @ Inman News said...

There are other scams like fake landlords changing the locks on empty rentals and renting the place out to unsuspecting tenants. Then when the real landlord comes by, the tenant ends up losing their deposit and rental money.

Carmen Brodeur said...

I am actually surprised that hasn't happened more!

paula said...

I am surprised too carmen. We must be careful so that no one will try to scam us. Thanks for sharing the links.

Paula M
Philippines properties