Prosecutors in Cleveland say a Florida man filed forged deeds to illegally buy and sell scores of houses in 15 Ohio counties.
Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor Bill Mason on Wednesday announced the indictment of Blaine Murphy and his company on charges including records tampering, money laundering, possessing criminal tools and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Mason says the Naples man forged the deeds under the fictitious name "Bryce Peters III." A news release says nearly 100 of the properties fell into tax foreclosure with more than $1 million in taxes owed. Authorities also say the 43-year-old Murphy ignored property code violations.
Murphy's attorney tells The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer the charges are ludicrous. Murphy has been jailed without bond.