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January 20, 2014

Home and Garden Briefs: Jan. 20, 2014

Extension energy workshop Wednesday

PLATTSBURGH — Cornell Cooperative Extension will explore many ways homeowners can reduce their energy bills through no-cost and low-cost energy actions at a workshop 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the extension office, 6064 Route 22, Plattsburgh.

The workshop, “Save Energy, Save Dollars,” is free and open to the public. Participants will learn what the big energy users in home are, about different types of weather stripping and how to seal air leaks. Financial help to make larger energy efficiency improvements will also be discussed.

Each participating household will also take home a kit of energy-saving items. Call to reserve your seat and free Energy Kit at 561-7450 or email Peter Hagar at phh7@cornell.edu.

Case shows how easy it can be to steal a house

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A real estate scam broken up recently shows just how easily a savvy grifter can file phony documents that make him appear to own a home.

“I could steal your house tomorrow, sell it to three other people and be out of the country in Buenos Aires by the end of the month,” said Jupiter mortgage broker Corey Crowley.

Crowley owns a house near one of the 35 properties that Robert A. Tribble Jr. allegedly used to defraud unsuspecting buyers and renters of $240,000. Tribble filed bogus deeds that showed him as the owner of homes from Stuart to Miami, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.

Tribble didn’t escape to Buenos Aires. He’s in the Martin County jail on an $8 million bail.

But Crowley said the case exposes holes in the way deeds are recorded. Among other tricks, Tribble allegedly forged notaries’ signatures, a tactic that made documents appear legitimate when they arrived at county clerks’ offices, police say.

“He had the system figured out, and he took advantage of it,” Crowley said.

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