Your heart should be stolen by your grandchildren, not your home.
A Brooklyn lady is accused of faking her grandmother’s signature on a fictitious title, registering it with the city, and then taking out a $399,000 mortgage on the house, according to a $5 million lawsuit.
Leonita Arbuckle, 77, and her husband Selwyn paid $31,650 for their two-story, multi-family Flatbush home in 1972; they faithfully paid off the mortgage in 1995.
However, the grandmother claims in her Brooklyn Supreme Court case that she received a letter in May stating that the property had been transferred to her granddaughter, Jaishree Arbuckle-Pierre, for the sum of $1.
She told The NYPost, “You don’t anticipate that from your kids.”
According to court documents, Arbuckle claims that she never surrendered her house to the younger woman, who was reared there and stayed there until she received her high school diploma in 2004.
According to court documents, the ostensibly unappreciative granddaughter has a history of deceit.
Arbuckle-Pierre was employed as a nurse at Kings County Hospital in 2012 when she was detained for participating in an identity-theft operation that involved collecting coworkers’ Social Security numbers and using that information to open credit cards, according to federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.
After entering a guilty plea in 2013, she was given a two-year prison term followed by a period of supervised release.
Arbuckle-Pierre had previously taken from her grandmother, according to prosecutors, who made the observation in 2014. The grandmother, whose spouse passed away in 2017, didn’t file any complaints.
According to records, the granddaughter admitted to breaking the terms of her parole in 2019 after being discovered with a gun in a parking lot on Long Island. She was given a further 12-month prison term.
According to court documents, Arbuckle “does not know if the forger or anyone is paying payments on the bogus mortgage or if she is failing, resulting in a possible foreclosure.”