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Property Fraud in the News

Media Coverage of Property Fraud in Florida


  • November 28, 2019
    THE WASHINGTON POST: She had no idea her home could be stolen. Then she read her junk mail.
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON WASHINGTONPOST.COM
  • November 6, 2018
    ORANGE TV:  Active Lifestyles | Property Fraud Alerts
    Phil Diamond, the Orange County Comptroller is here to explain how deed fraud occurs and how property owners can protect themselves.
    WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE
  • 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.
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON WFTV9
  • April 9, 2018
    WFTV:  9 Investigates:  Action 9 Exposes Phony Deed Scam
    ORANGE COUNTY:  Scammers stole an Orange County couple’s house with a..
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON WFTV9
  • 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.
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON WESH2
  • 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.
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON TAMPA BAY TIMES
  • 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.
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON WINK NEWS
  • 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.
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON MIAMI HERALD
  • 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.
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON JACKSONVILLE.COM
  • 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.
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON WFTV9
  • 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.
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE ON FIRST