Feds want to seize house built with stolen building materials
A Northern California man who pled guilty to operating an identity theft ring may lose his house because the building materials were purchased with stolen credit cards, according to an article in the Fresno Bee.
Federal prosecutors are trying to seize the unfinished, 5,500-sq.-ft. house east of Fresno because they claim Ford admitted he sent associates to Home Depot and other stores with stolen credit cards to purchase the building materials used in the project. Ford’s attorneys argue that their client forfeited his interest in the house in his plea agreement, but the home, which was built on land owned by his wife, now belongs to her.
A Sept. 20 civil trial has been scheduled to hear the government’s request to seize the house.