BSO INVESTIGATION PUTS LID ON TOMB RAIDERS

PIO Number: 18-5-4

Date: May 8, 2018

They stole from the dead and the living to the tune of more than 12 million dollars. Today, Broward Sheriff's Office detectives arrested six people who fraudulently took ownership of 44 homes in Broward County.

Facing more than 600 felony charges that include grand theft and identity theft are Catherine Lichtman, Mircho Murdjeff, Gillian Solomon and the Tinker family: Illya, Patricia and Darren. The seventh conspirator Compton Maycock-Beckles was arrested in 2016 on grand theft and fraud charges for his part in the deed scheme.  For seven years, the suspects stole distressed homes and from the estates of 18 dead people.

The defendants used Quit Claim Deeds and powers of attorney to take ownership. They operated under various company names including Global Homebuyers, Prestige Home Buyers and Global Management Consulting Group.

The suspects would sell, rent or live in the homes. At times, they would sell the same home to more than one person and collect payments from both parties nearly simultaneously. In other cases, they used powers of attorney to get access to deceased homeowners' bank accounts and social security checks and back-dated documents to make it appear as if victims gave permission.

BSO's investigation started in June of 2016 when a Weston detective discovered that Maycock-Beckles was living in a foreclosed home that belonged to someone else. The original owner told Det. Christopher Bradley that he never gave Maycock-Beckles or the suspect's employer, Global Management Consulting Group, permission to live in or sell the Weston residence.

Homeowners in Lauderhill, Tamarac and other Broward cities weren't the only victims. Det. Bradley found that several notaries had their notary stamps and signatures stolen to authorize deeds and other property transfers.

Anyone who is a victim or has further information is asked to contact BSO Det. Christopher Bradley at 954-888-5319. Reports can also be made anonymously to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.

MEDIA NOTE: The defendants' arrest affidavits are available on our website, www.sheriff.org.

THIS REPORT BY:
Joy Oglesby/PIO


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