BUTLER COUNTY, OH - A Ohio family is out in the cold after coming home from caring for a sick family member they found that the locks on their house had changed and all their property missing. Robert Carr has been going around filing “quiet title” documents after learning about people that are abandoning their homes. Carr has been doing this to over a dozen homes, even filing seven cases in one day.
Carr sends teams of people out to locate homes that are empty at the time and then has them go in and change the locks. “I have a team of people who go out and I say make sure the house is empty. If it’s empty, change the locks,” said Carr. “When you abandon a property, bam, walk away from it, ‘I ain’t never coming back. I don’t want nothing to do with it,’ right? Somebody can come in, ‘Oh, mine,’” Carr says.
FBI agents investigating the activity said they’ve heard of this before. Special Agent Kevin Cornelius said, “They’ll come together as groups to receive training, how to conduct some of these schemes from a financial standpoint, to understand what they consider the common law and how they can use that common law for their sovereign purposes. I’m not familiar (with) any cases where it’s held up in court. I think that it holds up the process of the court’s decision.”
A quiet title case is one where the plaintiff seeks a court order that prevents the respondent, whether it’s a bank or a homeowner, from making any subsequent claim to the property. They are used to determine who holds the legal title because real-estate can change hands frequently.