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Can a House Have 2 Owners – Title Fraud Alleged

A mix-up in the recording of a property’s title has created headaches for the legitimate owner and an arrest for the Santa Cruz man who “sold” it.

Tom Decker and Maria McArthur purchased the Ben Lomond property as a second home. Decker is a real estate agent and placed the property into his Nevada LLC. After being away for several weeks, Decker and McArthur returned to find Daniel Judd living there and claiming to be the rightful owner, having purchased the property from Ray Tate.

Tate, whose father of the same name has had run-ins with the county over other properties he owns, had apparently been watching the Ben Lomond property, which had once belonged to members of his family. After seeing that there was no California Corporation with the same name as the Nevada corporation belonging to Decker and McArthur, Tate registered the new corporation and “sold” the property to Judd.

Tate, who claims he has done nothing wrong, will be charged with four felony crimes, according to the District Attorney’s Office, including attaining property by false pretenses and attempting to record a false document (the deed).

Read the Full Article in the San Jose Mercury News.

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