Posted by: operatheaterink | November 6, 2020

The Forgery Saga Goes On, Nov. 4, 2020

By Carol Jean Delmar

Opera Theater Ink

I am desperate with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Yes, I know Police can be brutal and need more training. But they do curb the wild demonstrations and looting that have occurred in our nation recently, and without them, I do not know what our country would look like.

However, I needed the Police for a different reason, and they have showed me that they fell way below the mark of what should have occurred.

I could have handled the Police response had it been accurate, but the detectives showed me that the people employed in management positions inside the police station should not be in desk positions.

I have enough information for a book on the supposed sale of my house in Beverlywood, which was invalid and must be rescinded. I presented the information to the LAPD for investigation as to forgery and fraud of some of the documents, including the grant deed that finalizes sales of property and is filed with the Recorder’s Office at the close of escrow, and an amendment of assignment to a specific assignee, which needed to be authorized in writing by me, the seller, and other parties before such an assignment could occur.

The escrow officer, escrow company and buyer were clearly responsible for forging the documents I described, and that violates Penal Codes 115 and 470. All you have to do is go on google and type in “assignment of property” or “No. 26 on California Real Estate Purchase Agreement,” or “forgery on a property deed,” and you can see that forgery voids deeds and documents and makes them of no effect at the onset.

In my particular case, I was mailed a deed to sign in front of a notary and told to mail it back to the escrow company, which I did. But when I never got it back weeks after escrow had closed, I requested to see it. The deed had been altered to an assignment that was a rental and storage business whereas I had signed a deed that was to a trust and family. There were black dots where the title had been changed and the new title was imposed on the line above.

I telephoned the Los Angeles County Recorder’s Office and was told that they do not look at documents for accuracy but just record them, and that there was nothing I could do to change the deed, which was confirmed to me later by the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. Plus the monies had been transferred electronically from the buyer to the escrow company to purchase two houses in Hidden Hills weeks before I learned and was able to see that the deed had been altered illegally.

I won’t go into detail here, but after some settlement offers I made that were rejected, including paying the buyer back the money that should not have been electronically sent in the first place, plus up to $1 million dollars when I die; and after one lawsuit when the buyer’s first lawyer threatened me with the assignment amendment he said I had signed that changed the vesting to the name of a business I was unaware of — I decided to go to the Police.

I asked the escrow officer for the documents he had never sent me. And low-and-behold, the signature on one of the amendments was exactly the same as the one on the authorization assignment amendment. The amendment had been forged and I could prove it. My signature had been lifted off and plopped down on the created and forged amendment. The date had also been forged among other things.

I assume that the forged amendment was needed for someone to change the title on the grant deed and record it, although to me, any change at all would have been illegal, especially by anyone but me.

The Police have written me twice that they will not investigate the forgery, stating the second time that the forgery does not meet the standards set by the Police as forgery. I sent the LAPD all the documents and they wrote me that I had sold my house to the trust, which is not true. The grant deed that was recorded for the house to be sold only says the name of the business, and if I had sold the house, that would be the name I had sold the house to: Casa Har Barzel LLC, not the LM Eisenberg Trust, which was not an LLC.

They also wrote me that the buyer was “entitled” to change the title on the grant deed after it had been signed by me in front of a notary but before it was recorded, from one LLC to another. No, the buyer was not entitled to change the name on the deed until the buyer owned the house after recording, or unless I had signed the authorization amendment for the specific name change, which had been forged. The purchase agreement and escrow instructions clearly state that the “close of escrow” is the date the deed was recorded. Plus the vesting did not go from one LLC to another.

The Police also told me by telephone that the amendment dated Sept.18 was “identical” to the amendment dated Sept. 28, which was required for any change of assignment per the purchase agreement’s assignment clause and had to include the specific name of the new title. But they also told me that they do not read contracts. So how would they know what the buyer was entitled to anyway?

I am 74 years old and have Parkinson’s Disease. Every time I read what the Police detectives wrote me, I get angry and feel victimized by everyone involved.

“The district attorney is supposed to prosecute title fraud, but to investigate these crimes, prosecutors rely heavily on local police and sheriff’s detectives who often have little grasp of real estate . . . ” a 1992 LA Times article states by Myron Levin.

The district attorney’s office wrote me that it would do nothing until the Police did their part first. I rest my case.

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Carol Jean Delmar is a retired reporter, freelance writer, author and opera critic who has written a Holocaust love story about her parents: “Serenade: A Memoir of Music and Love from Vienna and Prague to Los Angeles.” She lives in Beverlywood.

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