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Criminals using deed fraud, identity theft to steal Arizona homes
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Debi Gotlieb knew something was wrong when she could not find her late father’s home on the county assessor’s web page. The property was tied up in probate and should have been listed as owned by her father, Jerry Gotlieb, who died in March of 2018 at the age of 84.
“So I put in his address, and it said that it belonged to Zillow. And it showed that it was on the market,” said Gotlieb, who is a real estate agent. “I went to MLS, and it was empty.” All of her father’s possessions were gone. Gotlieb says she drove to the home, called the real estate agent who sold the house to Zillow, and called the police.
“I told the police, ‘I don’t know what happened, but it’s cleaned out, and it’s not in my name.’ And he said, ‘Stay out of the house. It’s not your house,’” said Gotlieb.
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