Thursday, September 10, 2015

Real Estate Operator Charged With Securing Execution Of Document By Deception For Allegedly Tricking Homeowner In Foreclosure Into Signing Over Home Title Under Guise Of Loan Promise

In Laredo, Texas, the Laredo Morning Times reports:
  • A man has been arrested for deceiving a couple into signing over their property to him, according to Laredo police.

    The suspect, 50-year-old Raj Kumar Shani, was served with a warrant at about 5:30 p.m. Monday in the 2600 block of San Bernardo Avenue. Shani was charged with secure execution of a document by deception, a third-degree felony.

    On July 22, a couple went to police headquarters to report that a man had tricked them into signing a document that affected the ownership of their property, LPD said.

    Reports state a man had arrived at the couple’s home in the 700 block of West Amiens Place in the Mines Road area. The man, later identified as Shani, told them he could help them with their foreclosure by loaning them money, states the criminal complaint.

    Shani was allegedly persistent, and the couple eventually agreed to the loan, police said.

    Shani allegedly told the couple they needed to sign some papers but would not let them see what they were signing.

    “The investigations findings indicate that … Shani deceived (the couple) by causing them to sign a document to grant his company their residential property …” states the complaint.

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