In Brooklyn, New York, The New York Times reports:
- With an array of real estate crimes, ranging from deed forgery to mortgage fraud schemes, adding to foreclosure rates in Brooklyn neighborhoods, the borough’s district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, says the time has come for a specialized unit to investigate and prosecute them.
- Mr. Hynes said the new 12-member unit would be financed for two years with $875,000 in federal money and would help people like Levi Latham, 75, a Brooklyn retiree whose house was, in effect, stolen by a woman who took Mr. Latham’s personal information, a prosecutor said. After executing and recording a false deed, the woman is now listed as the owner of the house.
- Similar units have been created by prosecutors in other regions with high foreclosure rates, providing a sketch of how the housing crisis has unfolded around the country. An eight-member unit in the office of the Suffolk County district attorney, Thomas J. Spota, recently arrested more than two dozen people in a $9 million mortgage fraud scheme. In Prince George’s County, Md., a two-member unit in the office of the county state’s attorney, Glenn F. Ivey, is handling dozens of cases in the aftermath of a housing boom that resulted in hasty and often dubious mortgages. In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, one of the centers of the national foreclosure crisis, the authorities have prosecuted 219 people since January 2007, said Ryan Miday, a spokesman for the county prosecutor, Bill Mason.
For more, see Brooklyn Establishes Real Estate Crime Unit. DeedGammaTheft