Six people, including a lawyer, real estate agent and funeral home director, have been charged with conspiring to steal a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home from an elderly widow after she passed away.
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Darrell Beatty, 49, Queens, New York, has been charged with illegally transferring the deed of an elderly woman’s home into his own name and then moving into the house.
Dwayne Stewart, 44, West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by the Honorable Carolyn Nichols to 2.5 to 5 years in state prison followed by ten years of probation and ordered to pay over $86,000.00 in restitution following Stewart’s guilty plea for “stealing” West Philadelphia houses using forged deeds.
Blair Christopher Hanloh, 50, Long Beach, California, was sentenced to four years in state prison for recording false quitclaim deeds on several residential properties as part of an elaborate scheme to possess and rent out properties valued at over $3.5 million.
Vincent Robert Eppstein, 49, San Jose, California, was convicted of embezzling more than half a million dollars from his good friend, while she was away in a long-term rehab program. The defendant refinanced her real estate and payed off his own mortgage with her money, among other things.
Blair Christopher Hanloh, 50, Long Beach, California, was convicted of stealing over $3.5 million in a fraudulent scheme by falsely transferring residential property deeds and fraudulently renting out houses.
Sember Lynn Smathers, 49, formerly of Shelby, North Carolina, a former real estate agent, pleaded guilty on Monday, August 26, 2013, to selling household appliances she unlawfully removed from vacant homes owned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Chester D. Howard, also known as C. Daniel Howard, 41, Verona, Wisconsin, is charged in a seven-count indictment with making false statements. He is charged with five counts of falsely stating to banks that he was the owner of property as collateral for a loan, when he knew he was not the owner of the property.
Michael E. Earwood, 61, Madison, Mississippi, an attorney, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for bankruptcy fraud.
Seth Bradshaw, 35, Pigott, Arkansas, and formerly of Sunflower County, appeared before Judge Bettye Sanders to be sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of false pretense.