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  • Also in Tampa, Florida, two people pleaded guilty to conspiracy for making false statements to financial institutions. It happened like this: From 2006 until 2008, Mordechai Boaziz was converting an apartment complex into a condominium complex and hired Jonathan Marmol to market the units. But...

  • Right here in Florida, a man in Polk County tried to steal a home by filing the signed deed without signing the loan documents. Technically, the house was his without owing anything. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years for grand theft and filing a false...

  • Latrese Gevon Breaux was sentenced along with Angela Grace Cotton, Denaysha Coleman, and Lawrence Edward Cotton for running a real estate fraud scheme that resulted in the theft of more than $1.4 million from 2014 to 2016. The group used fictitious escrow and title companies...

  • Deed fraud is a form of identity theft that most people have never heard about. It happens when someone steals your identity and then forges your name on the deed. At this point, they may take the deed to your home. While this commonly happens...

  • Property fraud is possible when somebody obtains a title of your property – by stealing your identity – to change the ownership of your property from your name to theirs. The fraudster can then get a loan against your property, or even sell it or...

  • Your State’s Law Requires That Your Deed Be Recorded All states have registration laws. This law governs who is recognized as having real estate and who has financial or other interests, such as mortgages or liens. It also defines the order of priority in which...

  • A man in Washington faces multiple charges for his elaborate scheme to acquire real estate properties fraudulently. The charges include: Up to 30 years in federal prison and a possible $1 million maximum fine if convicted for conspiracy to commit bank fraud. 20-year-maximum sentence and...

  • In New York, a man was sentenced to four and a half to nine years in prison for illegally transferring the titles of seven million-dollar houses from their true owners to himself or a corporation. How was he able to pull this off? Because the...

  • Imagine putting a property up for sale and going to check up on it only to find out that someone has moved in. Furniture and all. It might seem far fetched, but it can happen. So much so that even the clerks of court in...

  • A real estate deed is a legal document that, when duly signed and delivered, conveys title or a more restrictive interest to specified real estate. Different types of deeds vary according to what the seller of a property (referred to as grantor) can convey, what...

  • Are you sure that the house you are renting is actually owned by the people renting it to you? Imagine your surprise if you are watching the evening news and see your landlord being charged for property fraud. As you sit in the house you...

  • Buying a house can be a complicated and intimidating process, especially if you are not very familiar with how it works. If you are thinking of buying a house, you’ll want to know as much as possible about your home’s deed. What is a Property...

  • Property fraud is the act of selling, renting or mortgaging your home without your consent. Disconcerting, isn’t it? Not only that, it’s totally possible and easier than you might image. According to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is the fastest-growing white-collar crime in the...