A Cleveland man is accused of forging signatures on a quit-claim deed to steal the title of this Cleveland home from a couple who inherited it from a deceased relative, records say.
Ohio – A Cleveland man forged signatures on a quit-claim deed to steal
the title of a home from a Beachwood couple who inherited the property
from a deceased mother, records say.
W. Thompson III, 30, has been indicted on charges of grand theft and
forgery in connection with the scheme involving a home on Mt. Auburn
Avenue near East 93rd Street, according to court records.
arrested Thompson on Thursday, and he pleaded not guilty to the charges
the same day in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. He was released
from jail after posting a $1,500 bond, court records say.
on May 28 filed a fraudulent quit-claim deed with the Cuyahoga County
Recorder’s Office, transferring ownership of the property to himself. A
Beachwood woman who co-owns the home filed an affidavit that says
Thompson forged her and her husband’s signatures, as well as the
signature of her deceased brother.
Thompson’s defense attorney, Michael Marein, could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.
Beachwood couple discovered the fraud during a routine check of the
home July 5. They found the locks changed on the front door and a work
notice that indicated Thompson owned the home, records say.
The woman called Thompson, who claimed he owned the home before he hung up, records say.
Beachwood couple filed a police report and contacted an attorney. The
attorney went with them to the recorder’s office, where they obtained
copies of the fraudulent quit-claim deed, records say.
had been searching for Thompson since obtaining a warrant for his
arrest July 8. A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted him Sept. 26, court
Scammers typically commit quict-claim deed frauds in order to sell a
home to a third party, or obtain funds via a mortgage loan, according to
the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. Vacant or abandoned properties are often targeted in the scams.
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