Archives For Property Theft

Gaetano Antonelli was charged in July 2012, with three cases of organized fraud (less than $20,000). Antonelli’s scheme involved contacting individuals who were behind on their mortgage payments and deceiving them into signing the deed to their property over to him via Power of Attorney (so he could rescue them from their mortgage).

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Eight people accused of illegally taking possession of other people’s vacant or abandoned houses have been indicted. All of the defendants were indicted in connection with the abuse of affidavits of adverse possession and are now facing trial on charges of burglary of a habitation and theft.

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A real estate fraud notification program was implemented in Contra Costa County, California. The purpose of the notification system is to make homeowners aware of recorded transactions to lessen the likelihood of forgeries and fraudulently recorded documents.

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Sean DeCelle, 44, Troy, New York, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David R. Homer to embezzlement by an agent of a federally insured bank.

Defendant DeCelle admitted that, in or about 2009, while acting as an agent of and connected in a capacity with Quantum Bank (hereinafter “the bank”), the deposits of which

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