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.
April 9, 2018
WFTV: 9 Investigates: Action 9 Exposes Phony Deed Scam
ORANGE COUNTY: Scammers stole an Orange County couple’s house with a..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.