CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Before they moved into a home owned by the family of Davidson’s Mayor, a man and woman accused of being squatters are also accused of squatting for a time at a Charlotte home.
Police arrested Tumaine Thorne and Taqiya Barber earlier this week after they were found squatting in the Davidson house.
Both claimed to be members of the Moorish Nation, a group that says members are not subjected to federal or state laws.
On Friday, we found Yvens Germain from the property management team changing the locks at a Charlotte house on Pauline Lane. He said the couple was squatting there before they were kicked out and moved to Davidson.
Germain said after Davidson Police released them, they returned to the Charlotte house and stayed until Friday morning.
When asked if they had damaged the home, Germain said, “There is no physical damage, just a lot of debris."
Germain also cut down a "No Trespassing" sign the couple had hung on a tree in the front yard.
Attorney Mark Gott, who has handled cases involving squatting, said it's not hard to do.
“It is very easy to file a deed and the register of deeds has no discretion whether or not to register a deed," Gott said.
In other words, no attempt will be made to verify a deed’s authenticity.
"After I record a bogus deed, the burden then shifts to the homeowner to try to prove that it is bogus and file some kind of court action," said Gott.
He said police and the sheriff’s office need to come down harder on squatters.
“There is nothing right now from a law enforcement perspective that is stopping these people and they need to," Gott said.
To protect yourself from bogus deeds being filed, Gott said to make frequent checks of your own property filing to make sure everything is in order.