Stealing homes from dead owners
Properties worth more than €3 million were misappropriated
By Nuria Pérez A GANG which disenfranchised heirs by conniving to misappropriate properties from deceased owners has been busted by the Guardia Civil.
According to a force spokesman, four suspects were involved in the racket.
He explained that they took advantage when there was a delay in properties being taken over by the heirs.
They forged documents to pretend they owned homes and land to sell them to unsuspecting buyers.
Some of the properties were even turned into squats.
The spokesman noted that properties worth more than €3 million were misappropriated in Alicante province, Murcia and Almería.
The investigation was launched in February following an official complaint from two heirs in Alhama de Murcia.
They reported that the farm they had just inherited was being offered for sale by unknown people using fake documents and contracts.
Officers found that similar cases had been reported in Mazarrón and another in Alhama de Murcia.
The criminals apartments, holiday farms and rustic plots.
The spokesman reported that the chief suspect is a 32year-old Spaniard who has been convicted for similar crimes. targeted homes,
Some members of his team focused on searching for deceased people whose properties had not been handed over to the heirs, or who had no heirs.
Another member specialised in forging all the relevant documents including title deeds, property registry documents, electricity and water bills, and sales contracts.
They used the fake documents to register properties and land in their names.
Gang members even moved into some of the properties, contracted the water and electricity supply and signed on the municipal register (padrón).
Four suspects have been charged with fraud, forgery, usurping identities, organised criminal activities and theft.
Forged documents seized from the suspects