My question involves real estate located in the State of: Illinois
My husband and I got married January 5th 2011. When I married him, I moved into his home that he purchased (he has a mortgage) six years ago. About four months ago, we fell behind on our mortgage and made arrangements to get caught up. In the mean time, two letters arrived at our house telling us as a formality, that we were in danger of foreclosure; one in his name, and the other in his ex-girlfriends' name. Not only was it in her name, she had used her first name and his last name. When he called the recorder of deeds, they said that she had put her name on the deed. (It does not show up on the mortgage) She did this three days after she was removed from the home (because she was angry....she's a thief and she got found out!). So, now we're trying to figure out how to get her name off of our home and put mine on. They were never married and she did this fraudulently. We were told we had to do a quit claim deed. This woman is from the Philippines and had high tailed it back to her home town. We found out earlier this week that she is back in town and my husband has been discussing this with an attorney. She was supposed to be meeting him there to take care of this, but she shows up at our house yesterday saying that she won't do it unless we pay her $1,000! My question is what is the statue of limitations for real estate fraud in the state of Illinois. Our next move is to have her arrested. We also found out that the attorney wants $1,500 up front...so that's a bust! Not only did she commit fraud by putting her name on a property that is not legally hers, she is now trying to extort money from us! What is your advice?
Thanks so much,
Voicework aka Tammy