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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. [contextly_sidebar id=”5a002414d5f8273df72a793dd7177461″]

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.


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  • ♞ Castle Bravo ♞

    Yeah and if I came home and my locks were changed, somebody would be receiving a machete to the face.

  • chewinmule

    Just another “knock out” game?

  • harperman

    That boy needs shooting.

  • Auntie_Social

    Insanity. You can’t go on vacation without somebody claiming title to your home? Where is that in the rule books? If I haven’t signed anything releasing my ownership, how is this done?

  • Nick L. Gale

    What about homes seized by the banks? Should they not be considered open property?

  • sonofeire

    So, are we supposed to believe that just because no one is actually IN the house for a certain period of time that ANYONE can lay claim to it? That is INSANE !

  • Kevin Vance

    But, if there is a bank involved, how can he “claim” a property? If the “owner” abandons the property, then the bank has possession. So, it’s never abandoned. It’s just unoccupied. If I came home and found him at my house, I don’t think there is anyone who would keep me from re-entering MY property and handily throwing him out. If not worse.

  • Tina Thomas

    I think when the FBI gets done, this guy will face some prison time.

  • Ragman69

    Idiocracy in the U.S. is in full bloom.

  • Tina Thomas

    The banks own the notes. He is about to get a boot.

  • Robert Whitfield

    If I came home and found the locks had been changed ; that guy would find a 12 gauge shot-gun stuck up his ass…

  • Robert Whitfield

    Just how long does a property have to be empty . What constitutes abandonment ? 1-2 hours , 1 day , 1 or more months or 1 year ?

  • JT Hickman

    Let me come home and find you squatting in my house…

  • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

    It is Ohio. Just like CA, WA, NY, NJ, MD, the common people get trampled on because one cannot defend oneself in Ohio & these other states. If he tried this in PA or TX or FL for example, he would already be dead.

  • This sounds superficially like the OWS theory of communist-anarchy. They feel that any property not currently in use, should be usable by anyone who needs it. The difference is, that this guy is preventing the original users from coming back when he is done with it.

  • dinkster

    Shoot him, I doubt a jury would convict.

  • Terry Fidler

    I bet if he were a white man hed be in jail, but hes got daddy obombya on his side, and hes probably collecting a government check. Like to catch him coming into my house I’d drop him dead real quick.

  • Jason Alan Glazier

    Try that in kansas fucker and see how far you will get

  • Jamsr

    He may have court documents, but I have a 45 that says otherwise while in my home.

  • Derek Cassidy

    Just try it at my house and get 2 or 3 .45 rounds for your trouble.

  • Jason Odegard

    1: I am current on my mortgage payment
    2: I am current on my tax bill
    If so then it is tresspassing, pure and simple! Not only that but considered a home invasion. Is their intent to harm someone? If so they could be met with deadly force!

  • Ralf Townsley

    what most people don’t understand is that he is using the UCC regulations to his advantage . The FBI will not be able to do anything , they do not have jurisdiction. You do know that the USA is a corporation , yes? and that it has to follow the UCC? (uniform commercial code). They have to abide by it period. It supersedes any laws put forth by the government. READ up about UCC and A4V understand it . It’s a lot to comprehend, I do not agree with what he is doing, but I know he will be able to continue and that the perceived powers that be will not be able to stop him Remember what the reporter said, key word ” sovereign purposes” when you delve into the UCC you will understand the meaning of sovereign and how it applies.

    • Swordmaker1949

      No, he is not, and no, the US is not and does not. Real Estate Law is quite explicit and what he is doing is NOT permitted in that law. He is attempting to insert himself into already existing contract and obligations that are in place and there are laws that prohibit such interference. As stated, no court has supported such claims as his. If a foreclosure is in the works, the the lien holders have a documented title interest in the property that have primacy over any claim he can make, their claim comes after the owners. . . but if the owners default on their loans, then by law, the ownership of property transfers to the first lien holder, NOT to a squatter who has changed the locks and merely claims it because he thinks everyone with an interest in the property has abandoned it. In law, nothing could be further from the truth.

      • Ralf Townsley

        Do you understand UCC? how about maritime law? And yes the US has been a corporate entity since the 1800’s . what you are talking about is the color of law. Way different than what that guy is talking about. Granted I am not agreeing with what he is doing but if he is sovereign he’s three steps ahead of everyone else.

        • Swordmaker1949

          Yes, I do understand the Uniform Commercial Code. Maritime Law does not apply to Real Estate law. It applies to properties lost at sea and the old “finders keepers” tenet is no longer held in most cases because clauses in the insurance on such abandoned properties, even property where crew went down with the ship, have been held that the assurance company such as LLoyds of London retains promptly rights to that property. Only certain portions of the US government not established under the US Constitution or provided by statutes passed by Congress are corporations, and I know what the color of law means. In the United States sovereignty rests with the people, not any one particular person, so this Yahoo cannot, in and of himself, be sovereign. It is the people who jointly hold sovereignty. . . and delegate their power JOINTLY to the government through Congress. That is why we are a Republic in which individuals join together to elect representatives by majority who then represent all of them, even those who voted against them. The assumption that sovereignty rests in each individual leads to the rules of law breaking down— just as in this case — as each individual sovereign makes his own law, and eventually chaos reigns.

          • Ralf Townsley

            The present commercial system of “law” has replaced the old and familiar Common Law upon which our nation was founded. The following is the legal thread which brought us from sovereigns over government to subjects under government, through the use of negotiable instruments (Federal Reserve Notes) to discharge our debts with limited liability instead of paying our debts at common law with gold or silver coin.
            The change in our system of law from public law to private commercial law was recognized by the Supreme Court of the United States in the Erie Railroad vs. Thompkins case of 1938, after which case, in the same year, the procedures of Law were officially blended with the procedures of Equity. Prior to 1938, all U.S. Supreme Court decisions were based upon public law — or that system of law that was controlled by Constitutional limitation. Since 1938, all U.S. Supreme Court decisions are based upon what is termed public policy.

            Public policy concerns commercial transactions made under the Negotiable Instrument’s Law, which is a branch of the international Law Merchant. This has been codified into what is now known as the Uniform Commercial Code, which system of law was made uniform throughout the fifty States through the cunning of the Congress of the United States (which “United States” has its origin in Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution, as distinguished from the “United States,” which is the Union of the fifty States).

            In offering grants of negotiable paper (Federal Reserve Notes) which the Congress gave to the fifty States of the Union for education, highways, health, and other purposes, Congress bound all the States of the Union into a commercial agreement with the Federal United States (as distinguished from the Continental United States). The fifty States accepted the “benefits” offered by the Federal United States as the consideration of a commercial agreement between the Federal United States and each of the corporate States. The corporate States were then obligated to obey the Congress of the Federal United States and also to assume their portion of the equitable debts of the Federal United States to the international banking houses, for the credit loaned. The credit which each State received, in the form of federal grants, was predicated upon equitable paper.
            *** are you familiar with this?***

  • Thomas Bigg Hoss Welch

    Changing the locks on my house isn’t going to keep me away from what I know is mine. Once I gain entry into MY house, I WILL shoot ANY persons who might be inside.

  • Mike Lewis

    This is one of those issues where you just don’t know how to respond…. yes… technically… truly abandoned property can be homesteaded, but leaving your house temporarily is not abandoning your property. He conditions it on the previous owner saying, “I don’t want anything to do with it.” No reasonable person would assume that you don’t want anything to do with your house just because you went on a trip. There’s no way this holds up in court. This guy deserves to go to prison for this racket.

    What I wonder is, is he physically in the property right now? Why don’t they just file a quiet title and take it back? I bet he might say something about being the rightful owner and the fact that he’s not physically there at the time doesn’t mean that it’s abandoned. He’ll probably point to those paper signs he put up saying the property is occupied. What is this guy, 10? Do you have to call your house in order to get to keep it when you come back? Unbelievable.

  • Reverend Bacon

    I wonder what will happen first- this guy goes to jail, or this guy goes to the morgue. I am betting on the latter.

    • CelticDenise

      One can only hope.

  • Joel Raupe

    This is why our fabulous government schools should, along with the basics of balancing a check book, teach young proto-citizens rudimentary Real Estate and Chain of Title law. Property rIghts are as essential to the security of the Republic as the Constitution.

  • burned_out

    Dead Niggah!

  • Joe Spennato

    How about 20 years in jail followed by exile to Papua New Guinea?

  • CelticDenise

    This is one great big Gibs me Dat.

  • 1stworlder

    If I didn’t live in a castle law state there would be a pre dug hole and a bag of lime.

  • 7Kevin

    Let that punk try it in Texas, he would be 6ft under in some feed lot and no one would say a thing. That whats wrong with this administration and its voters (entitlest)

  • RonHess

    The only problem with the castle doctrine is the mess. I suggest washable tile floors.