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Media Coverage of Property Fraud in Florida


May 23, 2018

WFTV:  How to Make Sure You Don’t Become Victim to Homeowner Fraud

ORANGE COUNTY:  The FBI says home-stealing is a growing issue. It’s a problem WFTV Eyewitness News has been reporting on for years.

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April 9, 2018

WFTV:  9 Investigates:  Action 9 Exposes Phony Deed Scam

ORANGE COUNTY:  Scammers stole an Orange County couple’s house with a..

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April 3, 2018

WESH2: Orange County Rolls Out New Property Fraud Protection Program

ORANGE COUNTY:  It’s a problem that could be plaguing you for years without you even knowing it.  Now, Orange County officials are rolling out a new program to prevent against property fraud.

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March 19, 2018

NEWS6:  Orange County Fraud Warning Counters Property Records Thieves

ORANGE COUNTY:  Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond’s official records department has set up a free property fraud alert program to help residents protect themselves from a fast growing white-collar trend: Property fraud.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON CLICKORLANDO.COM

 

November 15, 2017

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Housing scam:  Rise of fraudulent deeds throws wrench into home ownership

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY:  Two years ago, Realtor Rod Banks put a vacant home in Valrico on the market. One day, when he stopped by to check on the house, it was vacant no more.

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September 29, 2016

WINK News:  Florida man uses quit claim to fraud homeowners, pick fights

LEE COUNTY:  A family from Indiana thought they had found their perfect Florida home and were ready to move in … until a realtor realized it had been in the hands of another man, Lemroyal James.

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December 3, 2015

Miami Herald:  Forged deeds lead to stolen homes, broken hearts in South Florida

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY:  The house in Northwest Hialeah belonged to the Cleland family since the mid-1950s.

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December 10, 2014

JACKSONVILLE.COM:  Young couple charged with fraud in filing deed for $1.1 million house

CLAY COUNTY:  Jenna Dean’s friends were shocked when the 23-year-old wife and mother posted photos of herself and her family at their new $1,395,000, 7,000-square-feet home mansion with the two-story Corinthian columns on 240 acres in Keystone Heights.

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November 6, 2014

WFTV:  9 Investigates:  93-year-old woman has home stolen

ORANGE COUNTY:  A 93-year-old woman in a nursing home hopes to return to her house one day. The problem is she doesn’t have one anymore.

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2FIRST:  NBC2 Investigates:  Quit claim deeds

LEE COUNTY – Local authorities are having a hard time stopping a land scam involving quit claim deeds. Thieves steal property from legitimate owners and sell it to unsuspecting buyers.

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