Lopez said he called the Miami-Dade Police Department to remove the three people. But after an officer arrived, a group of four men pulled up in a Mercedes-Benz with a purported deed to his house. The officer told Lopez that it appeared he was no longer the owner and he had to leave, Lopez said. (The police department has no record of the incident.)
Three months after the front-yard confrontation, Presscott Rosche sent Lopez an apologetic letter, along with a deed that appeared to transfer the house back to Lopezs name.
We understand that this may have been an inconvenience to you but we would like to mend this issue by giving you notice of such unpleasant incident, the June 20 letter said. Thank you very much for your appreciative consideration and patience.
That same day, Presscott Rosche filed papers appearing to transfer 10 other houses back to their original owners, property records show. One of those owners, Jetsenia Coto, said she was unaware that Presscott Rosche had a deed to her home in the first place.
I have no clue what you are talking about, Coto said when told of the Presscott Rosche transfer.
Lopez said he went back to the Miami-Dade police, where he met with detectives and examined photo lineups. But no arrests were made following his complaint.
One of the men who came to his house, Lopez said, was Esteban Oviedo a notary who approved the Presscott Rosche deed on Lopezs house and other transactions. Lopez said he identified Oviedo from a photo lineup provided by detectives.
In November, Oviedo, 27, was arrested for burglary for squatting in a Kendall house owned by a German couple, Thorsten and Anke Meinberg, court records show. A neighbor told police that she saw Oviedo break into the house and change the locks in July.
A whole family moved in. They even had parties there, said Fernando de Allende, a friend of the Meinbergs who watched the house for them and first complained to police. He said the Meinbergs car was stolen from the garage, as was some furniture from the house.
But Oviedo told police he had a lease to the home, which was in foreclosure at the time, the records show. Prosecutors dropped the charges because they said they couldnt prove that Oviedo didnt believe he had a legitimate lease.
It is possible that [Oviedo] was a victim as well, a prosecutor wrote in a memo dropping the case.
When contacted by The Herald, Oviedo said he had been fired by Presscott Rosche in November, and said he believed all deeds were handled properly. He did not respond to follow-up calls.
The property appraiser still lists the Meinberg house, valued at $257,000, as the property of Presscott Rosche.
Others have also complained about Presscott Rosches tactics.
Last summer, Presscott Rosche went to court demanding $6,000 in rent from four University of Miami students leasing a Coral Gables house from a different owner. The partnership also sought to have the students evicted though the company offered no proof that it actually owned the home, court records show.
Nevertheless, Miami-Dade County Court Judge Nuria Saenz ordered the students out of the house at 5230 Alhambra Cir., which was in foreclosure. The students then turned to Hallen, who discovered that Presscott Rosches deed to the $853,000 house was flawed.