Viewpoints: Register of Deeds Fights Real Estate Fraud


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Register of Deeds Fights Real Estate Fraud

A perspective from Mark H. Chilton

Real estate fraud has been on the rise lately, including several recent cases in our own backyard. According to national experts, title fraud now costs property owners over $5 billion per year nationally, with the average victim suffering more than $100,000 in economic losses.

As your Orange County Register of Deeds, I have worked hard to prevent this kind of fraud.  For instance, we put new screening protocols in place and have trained our frontline staff to watch for suspicious documents, but it’s a constant…

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