January 15, 2020

Limited Liability Companies and Deed Fraud

Another Warning Bell Sounds

By Jill Mariani

Alan Mendelson1 lived on Barbey Street in New York, Brooklyn. He was 85 years old, diabetic and wheelchair-bound. J.H. was a 29-year-old man who did odd jobs in the neighborhood. Mendelson’s family began paying J.H. to help carry Mendelson’s wheelchair up the stairs and to get Mendelson into and out of vehicles. The family then began paying J.H. weekly to do things like help Mendelson take medications and look in on him each night. J.H. eventually convinced Mendelson to sign away the deed to his home by telling Mendelson he risked losing his home if he did not sign the document. J.H. had the document notarized by a notary. When J.H. realized that he needed another document notarized and the notary refused, J.H. cut and pasted the notary’s original signature. He then recorded the deed, which had been signed over to him.2

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