“Pictures of his deceased wife were among the items taken. He lost everything, including his furniture and an antique wagon wheel. The incident upset him enough that he moved in with a friend.”
Tampa retiree says he lost belongings in foreclosure blunder
TAMPA — After going out of town, an 82-year-old man returned home to find his house emptied out. Even the trash was gone.
He found a padlocked door and a sign for a company that cleans out properties in foreclosure.
But Benito Santiago Sr.’s home wasn’t in foreclosure, public records show.
In a lawsuit filed this month in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Santiago claims that Field Asset Services Inc., took his property and changed his locks in the fall of 2009. He sued the company, along with Countrywide Home Loans, for damages.
A Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy estimated in an Oct. 5, 2009, report that the Santiago’s possessions were worth $29,100.
In an interview, Santiago, a retired antiques dealer, guessed they were worth $100,000.
“At least,” he said.
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