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  1. Bullet The House that Wasn’t Hers

The lawyer wanted to know if the person claiming the house in Brooklyn was the rightful daughter of Eugenia Hughes, an elderly woman who had died intestate in 2008. The younger woman, stating her kinship rights, had moved into the little brownstone right after Eugenia Hughes’ death.

Our research showed that the “daughter” had been previously incarcerated for larceny, and that she had no blood ties with Ms. Hughes. She knew Ms. Hughes from the neighborhood, had assisted her with errands, and, gaining entry to the older woman’s home, had evidently learned enough about her to stake the fraudulent claim.