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Here’s what officials are doing to combat deed fraud in Shelby County

By  and , Daily Memphian Updated: June 20, 2022 9:01 AM CT | Published: June 19, 2022 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Shelandra Y. Ford, Shelby County Register of Deeds, said she has been fighting deed fraud since taking office in 2018.</strong> <strong>Deed fraud occurs when a person forges the signature of the homeowner and transfers the property to themselves.</strong> (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian file)

Shelandra Y. Ford, Shelby County Register of Deeds, said she has been fighting deed fraud since taking office in 2018. Deed fraud occurs when a person forges the signature of the homeowner and transfers the property to themselves. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian file)

Since 2018, 7,500 property owners in Shelby County have fallen victim to this form of identity theft. 

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Julia Baker

Julia Baker

Julia Baker covers criminal justice for The Daily Memphian. A lifelong Memphian, Julia graduated from the University of Memphis in 2021. Other publications and organizations she has written for include Chalkbeat, Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent magazine and Memphis magazine.

Ian Round

Ian Round

Ian Round is The Daily Memphian’s state government reporter. He came to Tennessee from Maryland where he reported on local politics for Baltimore Brew. He earned a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland in December 2019.


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