Sunday, August 30, 2015

Title Hijacking Victim Sues NYC For Accepting, Recording Crappy Deed From Alleged Scammer

In New York City, the New York Post reports:
  • A woman whose Queens home was allegedly stolen by a scheming squatter says her nightmare never would have happened if bone-headed city bureaucrats hadn’t given him a fraudulent deed — and now she wants the city to pay up, court papers show.

    Jennifer Merin, 71, is seeking nearly $600,000 for the debacle, including the $400,000 in property that ex-con Darrell Beatty stole from her family home while living there, her Manhattan Supreme Court suit says.

    “[The city] was negligent in the way in which they allowed the deed to be registered,” a bitter Merin told The Post on Friday. “There was no indication that any of those signatures were related to my family or the property.”

    Beatty, a 50-year-old convicted armed robber, had simply presented the city Finance Department with a forged deed that claimed to transfer the Laurelton home to him, Merin says.

    A Law Department spokesperson said the “agency will review ­[Merin’s suit] upon receipt.”

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