(CBSMiami) — Michelle Pinder’s life has been shattered ever since strangers moved in and took possession of a vacant property she owned, her childhood home, which she had up for sale.
Problems with Pinder’s childhood home at 751 NW 39th Court began soon after her mother passed away. Pinder and her brother inherited the home and had it up for sale when a group of strangers derailed those plans.
Realtor Brittany Barreto and her team were excited to sell the house. But on the eve of the closing she showed up to do one last walk through of what was supposed to be an empty house.
Barreto was face to face with Ibet Flores Castano who showed her a receipt for a cash payment she says she made to rent the house.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is a fake lease,” Pinder said.
According to it, Castano paid cash to the property’s owner, supposedly named Aurelio Hernandez.
His listed phone number rings at a Little Havana shop where no one ever heard of him.
For months, CBS4 Investigates has been documenting cases across South Florida where police and or banks have been notified that people living in foreclosed or vacant homes or apartments allegedly don’t legally belong there...
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