Brooklyn DA’s Office Continues to Fight Deed Fraud

Man Sentenced to up to Nine Years and Another Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Elderly Neighbor's House

Brooklyn DA’s Office Continues to Fight Deed Fraud

As part of its ongoing commitment to protect homeowners in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn District Attorney announced two cases this week involving this intractable problem. A Long Island man has been sentenced to four and a half to nine years in prison in connection with illegally transferring the titles of seven houses in Brooklyn and two in Queens from their true owners to himself. And an East New York man has been indicted for allegedly stealing and attempting to sell the home of his 85-year-old neighbor, a diabetic man for whom the defendant was a part-time caretaker.

In the first case, Danny Noble, 49, had pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree conspiracy for falsely transferring the title of the nine properties. In the second case, it is alleged that 29-year-old Jordan Horsford convinced the victim to sign away the deed to his home and the defendant then immediately attempted to sell the house.  

District Attorney Gonzalez said “Rising property values in Brooklyn make homeowners, especially the elderly, the target of unscrupulous predators trying to steal their homes from under them. I urge all homeowners to be especially careful about signing documents relating to their property without trusted legal advice.”

You can read more about these cases here and here. And watch this video featuring the Chief of the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit to learn more about deed fraud and how to prevent it.

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