How a Fort Worth Man (Allegedly) Stole More Than $1 Million in Property
FOX 4's Becky Oliver first outed Norris Fisher last summer. He was arrested by federal authorities yesterday.
The U.S. Attorney's Office sends word: Inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service have arrested 62-year-old Norris Lynn Fisher, alleging that he used the mail to swipe more than 100 properties valued at $1 million from their rightful owners. After the jump, you'll find the affidavit from a postal inspector detailing Fisher's alleged misdeeds. But per the U.S. Attorney's Office, which unsealed its complaint against Fisher today, he would find properties he wanted, forge a messload of deeds and docs he'd then file with the Tarrant County Clerk's Office, then have all the paperwork sent to a post office box rented under a phony name.
And when he wasn't allegedly swindling the living, Fisher, authorities claim, was taking from the dead:
In another variation of Fisher's scheme, he would identify properties whose rightful owners had recently died. Fisher would then file a forged heirship affidavit, attesting that a fictitious person was the sole heir of the deceased owner. Fisher would then file a forged warranty deed transferring the property from the fictitious heir to a business he controlled. Next, Fisher would file additional fraudulent warranty deeds that transferred the property from the first entity to other business entities he controlled. Fisher operated several business entities for this purpose and would often transfer stolen properties between multiple entities to conceal his connection to the original fraud. He concealed his connection to these business entities by listing deceased relatives and/or fictitious people as the owners of the business entities.
The affidavit's after the jump. And, bonus, there's a cameo from Becky Oliver, who outed Fisher back in May and June in a series of pieces called ... "Real Estate Deals From the Grave."
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