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Deed fraud defendant flees hearing after forged signatures detailed in testimony

WFAA’s “Dirty Deeds” series highlights how easy it is to steal houses with the stroke of a pen

Tanya Eiserer, Mark Smith

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Published: 4:49 PM CDT October 6, 2022
Updated: 2:31 PM CDT October 7, 2022

Realtor Deon Britton snapped a picture at the title company of a couple selling a house in 2019.

The pose that you see here is that of a husband signing first, and then pressing it to the wife,” Britton told WFAA. 

But prosecutors say the house wasn’t theirs to sell. 

Dallas County prosecutors allege Gerald and Akiba Pierce falsified deeds using forged signatures to gain control of seven houses in Dallas County. Some of those homes were then sold to unsuspecting buyers.  

“I had heard of deed fraud, but to stare in the face of it was totally different,” Britton said. “To find out that you can take a deed and walk into the county, hand over documentation, and they record it, and the name changes in several days is unbelievable.”  

Since 2019, WFAA’s “Dirty Deeds” series has revealed how scammers have taken control of properties that they don’t own. In some cases, the forged signatures of dead people have made their way onto property deeds filed with the county.  

One man – already convicted in a deed fraud scheme – did it again while behind bars.  

Credit: Deon Britton
Akiba and Gerald Pierce at the title office in 2019. Prosecutors say they were selling a house stolen with a fraudulent deed.

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