Cops, Agent Nab Fake Buyer in Million-Dollar Transaction
June 10, 2019
A Louisiana woman was arrested last week after a real estate professional reported to police that she was attempting to purchase a million-dollar home with fake income verification documents. Pamela Chandler, who was trying to buy the property in Benton, La., presented the agent with a document claiming she had access to a trust fund. But after researching the document, the agent believed the paperwork was fake and reported it to the Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force.
Police arrested Chandler on forgery charges; the task force alleges that Chandler altered a letter from an attorney to make it appear as though she had access to sufficient funds to purchase the home. Chandler faces two counts of forgery as well as outstanding warrants in Texas on unrelated charges of fraud and exploitation of children, elderly, or the disabled.
“Through the course of the investigation, task force members found that Chandler altered a letter from an attorney in an attempt to lead the REALTOR® to believe that she had access to sufficient funds to purchase the home,” city officials said in a statement. “The investigation also found that Chandler had used multiple aliases in the past, including the Goldwyn name. Taskforce members secured a warrant for Chandler’s arrest and worked with the REALTOR® to take her into custody.”
Chandler is being held at the Bossier Parish Jail.
“Woman Charged With Forgery in Attempt to Purchase Million-Dollar Benton Home,” Shreveport Times (June 5, 2019) and “Alleged Con Woman Caught Falsifying Financial Documents,” KTBs-3 News (June 5, 2019)
Updated: June 20, 2019