How to steal a house in Philadelphia

Home-stealing through the filing of false deeds and other legal documents is a problem that goes way back in Philadelphia. And it’s still happening. Ask Tonya Bell, who went to City Hall three years ago and found that she had been declared dead, and that someone else had taken possession of an empty house she owned. [Craig R. McCoy, Philadelphia Daily News]


  • Waxman also said one theft alone was not enough to trigger an inquiry.

    Maybe that’s one reason this sort of fraud seems to be common in the city. It’s only one theft, but it’s a HOUSE. They’re doing something wrong if this isn’t a priority.

  • These are not occupied houses. Do they ever do this to occupied houses and if so, how can one prevent it?