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Former inmate charged with stealing homes from dead

February 7, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia prosecutors say a man recently released from prison stole homes from the dead and the elderly.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports 43-year-old William Johnson III was charged Wednesday with forgery, deception and theft among other charges.

Johnson is accused of stealing seven houses in north Philadelphia with deeds that had faked signatures of dead owners or aging “sellers.”

Beverly Strickland says her late father’s house was stolen in 2017 with his forged signature and resold for $50,000.

Another 91-year-old woman lost her house when her name was forged on a deed in 2017.

Johnson previously served more than 16 years in prison for his role in several robberies and leading a police chase.

His bail has been set at $51,000.

No attorney information is available in online court documents.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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