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Man arrested for scamming victims through land purchases

Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm

A man was arrested by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office after fraudulently selling area land to victims.

On March 16, a report was made with the Sheriff’s Office in reference to someone possibly possessing property in Osceola County through fraudulent means.

Detectives from the Osceola Sheriff’s Economic Crimes Unit began to investigate and learned that Alan Lee Weierman, 55, had been filing forged quit claim and warranty deeds with the Osceola County Clerk’s Office. The fraudulent deeds were for land parcels located in the Suburban Estates recreation area and Holopaw. Detectives were able to identify multiple victims, many of whom were deceased at the time when the fraudulent deeds were allegedly signed and sold to Weierman, a Sheriff’s Office report stated. Once Weierman obtained false ownership of the land, he would do improvements to the land and resell the land parcel to unsuspecting buyers. The buyers, victims to Weierman’s scheme, legally had no ownership of the property they thought they purchased, some paying as much as $5,900. Weierman was arrested on Aug. 10 and booked into the Osceola County Jail on 12 counts of conspiracy to utter a forged instrument, 20 counts of criminal use of personal identification, four counts of grand theft from victims 65 years or older, 74 counts of use of public records to further the commission of a felony and racketeering. Weierman is being held on a $451,000 bond.