Evans Passes Bill out of the House to Protect Homeowners from Fraud


Springfield, Ill. – Because many homeowners are struggling to avoid foreclosure, in efforts to protect unsuspecting homeowners from unlawful practices, State Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr. (D-Chicago) recently passed legislation out of the House to protect families from fraud by increasing penalties for criminals who file false liens on someone else’s property.

“Hardworking families should not be blind-sided by criminals that make false claims against their properties,” Evans said. “This measure shows that we take this criminal action seriously and will punish offenders that take advantage of homeowners and risk their livelihoods.”

Evans’ House Bill 2905 targets people who intentionally add liens to the wrong properties, making unsuspecting homeowners liable for crippling debts. He introduced this legislation in response to an increase in complaints of this type of action by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office. This measure increases the criminal penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony. It passed out of the House with bipartisan support and will go before the Senate for further consideration.

"Knowingly filing false claims against a person's property within my office is a crime that has a serious impact on victims, leaving them with thousands of dollars in legal bills and lost opportunities to sell or refinance," said Karen A. Yarbrough, Cook County Recorder of Deeds. "It's time that the punishment match the severity of this crime, and I want to thank Rep. Evans for advancing this important bill."

Evans represents the 33rd District, which includes parts of Chicago’s 7th, 8th and 10th Wards, as well as parts of suburban Burnham, Calumet City, Lansing, Lynwood and Sauk Village. For more information, please contact Evans’ full time constituent service office at (773) 783-8492, or e-mail RepEvans33@gmail.com.

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