Friday, November 27, 2009

Forging Deeds - Not a Crime According to Marion County Prosecutor's Office

While talking about the failure of the Marion County Prosecutor's Office to prosecute white collar crime, I was reminded of a real estate case I handled a couple years ago. My client owned two houses in Marion County as an investment. My client was shocked to learn one day that a "Robert Smith" had forged his name on two deeds to transfer the properties to Smith's corporation. Smith then turned around and sold the properties to two individuals.

Smith readily admitted to the forgery ... his unbelievable defense was that he had a right to forge the deed because he thought the properties had been abandoned.

My client took the forged deeds and other evidence to the Prosecutor's Office. You know what Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's office told him? This was a civil , not a criminal, matter and they would not prosecute.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law someone stealing a loaf of bread from a house, but if the person steals the whole house by forging a deed, well, the Prosecutor's Office won't get involved. Unbelievable.

1 comment:

Citizen Kane said...

"The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law someone stealing a loaf of bread from a house, but if the person steals the whole house by forging a deed, well, the Prosecutor's Office won't get involved. Unbelievable."

Frankly, it is sadly very believable because the obvious fraud that can be detected by just paying attention to what going on in this city is ignored and not investigated. And if they can not ignore the crime happening right in front of them, they will just ignore the people reporting the crime - either way we get the same result. White-collar corruption, deception and theft is de facto sanctioned by the government by its inactivity and "legal theft" is sanctioned by changing the law or pretending that law says something other than what it does (then sometimes they change it later to match what they did).