Acting On Homeowner's Complaint, Local Cops Bag Pair For Allegedly Using Forged Affidavit To Hijack Possession Of Vacant Home In Foreclosure, Then Pocketing Thousand$ By Duping Local Couple Into Renting It Out
In St. Louis, Missouri, KMOV-TV Channel 4 reports:
- Two thieves are accused of stealing a house in north St. Louis, then collecting thousands of dollars after renting it out to a couple. Dwayne Ellis and Bertha Williams had no idea anything was fishy when they agreed to rent the house for $650 per month until the real owner returned six months into their “lease."
The actual owner of the north St. Louis house was living out of town following the foreclosure of this home earlier in the year.
“She went to the house and found, while it was supposed to be vacant, there as another family living there, so she contacted county police," Detective Andrew Soll said.
Police believe Clay Winston and Todd Edwards noticed the home was vacant and took over the occupancy. They allegedly forged an affidavit stating the actual owner granted them possession of the house. They then listed the house for rent and collected thousands that they had no right to legally receive.
Winston and Edwards were charged with forgery and stealing. “They broke in, changed the locks to locks they provided and since they had keys to the house, they were able to dupe the other woman and her family,” Soll added.