published : 2023-11-30
Elderly Woman Loses Family Home After Signing Mysterious Document
Investigation Launched as Fraud is Suspected in Land Ownership Transfer
An elderly woman from the Tampa Bay area claims she lost her family property after signing a blank piece of paper.
Susan Eatman, 80, alleges that her neighbor, Mark Oliver, convinced her to sign the paper, which ultimately resulted in him gaining ownership of the land.
The property in question is a home sitting on over three acres of land in Hillsborough County, valued at more than $260,000.
Eatman filed a lawsuit in May, accusing Oliver of exploiting her vulnerability and obtaining her signature on a quitclaim deed.
The case was initially investigated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office before being transferred to the state attorney's office.
Investigators are now looking into the possibility of fraud.
According to Eatman, Oliver approached her before a birthday party and asked her to sign a plain piece of paper.
Despite initially refusing, she later relented after Oliver confronted her at the restaurant where the celebration was taking place.
Eatman claims that she felt pressured to sign the blank document.
She later discovered that her signature ended up on a quitclaim deed, granting ownership of the property to Oliver.
Oliver has claimed that the deed is legitimate and not fraudulent.
However, Eatman insists that she never received any compensation from Oliver, and she never requested his assistance with her sister, who also resides on the property.
Surveillance video from the county clerk's office reportedly shows Oliver filing the quitclaim paperwork to add his name to the deed.
The investigation is now being handled by the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office, and no charges have been filed yet.
Desperate to regain ownership of the property, Eatman vows to do whatever it takes, as the land was meant to be her sister's inheritance.