The Case of the Missing Wife
I was working at First American Title Company as a Junior Escrow Officer at the time this occurred.
We had a home in escrow. The house was pretty run down and a local contractor was purchasing the property. The owner was a casino worker and there were questions about whether his wife was available and would sign off on the house, but the owner reassured the buyer that she would come in and sign the Deed no problem.
When the owner came to the office to sign the Deed the Senior Escrow Officer asked for their I.D. and the wife (whom only later it became known she had been paid to impersonate the wife) said she had lost her I.D. at the Airport. The Senior Escrow Officer refused to Notarize the Deed.
The following week the Seller brought in a Notarized Deed from a local Notary which we knew. The Escrow Officer called the Notary and asked if he had seen the wife. He responded that the wife was ill and because he knew the gentlemen, he went ahead and Notarized the Deed anyway.
The Escrow Officer proceeded to tell the Notary what happened in his office (with the wife having lost her I.D.) and by now there were rumors that the wife might even be dead.
The following week the Sheriff's Office in Douglas County found the wife. She was buried under a wood pile on the very property that was in escrow.
Her husband was arrested for murder.
He is still serving his sentence.
by Mike C (aka blog boy)
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