A man died, meaning that his house would have gone to his sister, who was his next of kin. Instead, Javon Waldon produced a signed, notarized document showing that the deceased had transferred title of the home to Waldon for free. The notary, Alfrenecia Perkins, could not possibly have identified the man signing the quit claim deed. He had been dead for a week.
The whole thing started a two year mess that caused the state to uncover that Waldon had been stealing homes by forging deeds for years. Still, they weren’t going to press charges until the Orlando media got ahold of the story. Finally, Waldon pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Meanwhile, the stolen home had been sold to an investor. The investor insisted that he owned the home. The sister claimed that she was the rightful owner. Complicating the issue, the decedent’s nephew was living in the home and had been evicted by the investor.
All of this came to a head when the courts had to decide who was the rightful owner of the home. No matter what was decided, someone is losing some money. The ownership of the home has still not been decided because the sister is a moron who didn’t hire a lawyer.
The title insurance company is gonna take the hit on this one, in my opinion. The notary should also be charged with a crime, and her bonding company should have to pay out some money as well.