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Home title theft: A serious accusation to fight back against

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2022 | Robbery & Theft

If you are accused of the crime of stealing someone’s home title, you have to take it seriously. This kind of theft happens when someone create a new identity and then forges a homeowner’s signature to get a fraudulent bill of sale. They use this to then transfer the legal ownership of a home into their own name.

This kind of identity theft could be punished with up to 10 years or longer in prison, which is something that you will want to fight against to help protect your freedom.

Why would you be accused of home title theft?

There are plenty of reasons why someone might get accused, but you could be falsely accused of you end up with the title to a home that has already been stolen from the true owner. For example, if someone who intended to commit title theft stole the title and made up a fake identity, they may then sell on the title to a new owner. At that point, they might suggest that the home is legitimately yours, but you could find yourself in a position where you’re accused of having the title illegally.

Identity theft scams can happen in ways that involve multiple people without their knowledge. The original homeowner may not know who to hold responsible, so they could end up accusing you when you don’t have much to do with it. In that case, you’ll need a strong defense, because the penalties for this kind of crime are severe. You’ll want to show that you had no knowledge of the offense or that you’ve been victimized as well.

It’s unfair to be accused of a crime that you did not commit

To protect yourself against accusations of title theft, it’s always a good idea to do a title search and to make sure you verify the state of a property before you invest. If you come across someone who claims the home is theirs despite the title saying something different, it’s worth investigating. You could end up protecting yourself against getting caught up in this kind of fraud case.