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Loose document filing controls spell trouble

Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:07 am
by Judge Roy Bean

Like we haven't seen this coming ...

Officials at Charlotte-area courthouses say they are seeing epidemic of frivolous paperwork filed by people claiming the right to seize foreclosed property.

The bogus deeds are being filed by people who claim to belong to the Moorish Science Temple of America, an obscure religious sect founded in the 1920s with beliefs loosely connected to Islam.
Police aren't powerless, however, when someone tries to exert control of property they falsely claim to own.

Asaru A. Ali, 39, and Kenneth W. Lewis, 52, both of Charlotte, were arrested after surprising the real estate agent and the potential buyers at the Weddington home.

Lewis was charged with breaking and entering, first-degree trespass, obtaining property by false pretenses and possession of stolen goods. He was being held Friday on $500,000 bond and had no listed attorney, a Union County jail officer said. Calls left for him or his family on two answering machines were not returned Friday.

Ali was charged with breaking and entering and taking possession of a house without consent. He has been released from jail. A man answering a phone number listed in Ali's name said he didn't know Ali or how to reach him.

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