This story on WNYC caught my attention yesterday:
It describes some predatory practices used by some shady figures to sell predatory mortgages and using illegitimate signatures to claim disputed properties.
Last year, there were 734 reported cases of deed fraud, which I’m sure is just the tip of the iceberg, as some of these illegal claims must be successful and go unreported.
I wonder if there’s any preemptive scanning of currently available open data to detect properties that are at high risk for deed fraud.
In the story, Paula Sega took the case pro bono to defend the community garden. Paula is also the force behind 596 Acres which already catalogs a lot of these vacant properties and she’s sharing it as open data - http://livinglotsnyc.org