Florida graft: Florida Con(s) tries to sell house they didn’t own

Wess Haubrich

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TIME Magazine

This is a weird one, even by Florida standards.

Marc Winchester was at his second property when he got a most unusual call from the caretaker at his Winter Park, Florida home.

Had Mr. Winchester changed the locks? Their keys were not working.

Only a few days after, the caretaker found a realtor’s lockbox outside with new keys to the residence.

Marc Winchester rushed home to Winter Park. Checking his video surveillance, he saw a man and woman he did not know walking through the house.

Only three or so days later, a photographer showed up to get the requisite photos of the residence for the listing. Then a realtor joined this domestic circus, claiming she had the legal right to sell the home from the homeowner.

Whoever was trying to sell the home did not have the last name of “Winchester” – nor did they have any legal relationship to Marc Winchester, that would give them the authority to do what they were doing.

Winchester rang his local law enforcement. Saying, “My understanding is that there was never any face-to-face contact and there was never any valid governmental proof of identity provided [such as] driver’s license, passport, et cetera.”

It’s unclear who was the actual nexus of this bizarre graft. Was it the realtor? We don’t know – nor do Winter Park police: at least, they aren’t tipping that part of their hand if they do. At any rate, the realtor’s firm put her on administrative leave pending an investigation, then fired her (though the exact reason why is murky at best).

Watch this space for more as this weird investigation crystallizes.

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