CORAL GABLES, Florida. – A senior in South Florida struggles to recover property that has been stolen and resold.
This property has benefited his family for over 100 years.
He was stolen with a false deed.
Due to security concerns related to COVID-19, it has become common practice not to have to show up to offices and sign documents, but to have documents notarized for processing.
It is not known what happened in this specific case, but the police act quickly.
Miami Police detectives from the Economics Crime Bureau were spotted Wednesday at securities firm Aventura which plotted the fake deed that left 86-year-old Shirley Gibson without the precious property that has been owned by her family for more than ‘a century.
“Someone had faked my name and went to the tax collector to pay my taxes,” Gibson said.
She is adamant that she has neither agreed to sell nor signed such an agreement.
A second property she owns in the same neighborhood is also fraudulently put up for sale online.
“Someone is targeting me,” she said.
The agency Trans-State Title Insurance claims that she is also a victim in this case.
The owner told Local 10 by phone: “This is very disturbing news, and while this type of fraud is apparently all too common in Florida, it would be a first for us. In 40 years of practice and after participating in over 10,000 closures, this has never happened. “
The buyer, Ollie Development LLC, is a company whose address dates back to a residential neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.
“It’s happening more and more,” said Gibson’s attorney David Winker. “This is the second I have been working on for two weeks, where people have fallen victim to the sale of the property under them.”
Mohamed Chraibi, whose license is currently valid with the state of Florida, but whose only online presence is with a Miami Beach real estate office, is listed as a notary on the agreement.
Local 10 News struck and called several times Wednesday afternoon, but could not reach anyone
“(Chraibi) says Ms Gibson was physically present, she showed her driver’s license and signed this guarantee deed, which we know she didn’t,” Winker said.
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