But his parents were soon after notified by a new program in California that alerted Roberts’ parents to the title transfer. They subsequently discovered an allegedly forged $28,644 check also attributed to their son.
His parents are aged 92 and 85, and likely would have been unaware of the transfer without the new system.
“Quite frankly, we would never have caught (the suspect) under the old system,” said deputy district attorney Ken McCormick to the Contra Costa Times.
The previous system, a grant deed filed could remain undiscovered for months. And if the parents had died, proving such forgery would be nearly impossible.
Roberts’ parents, however, were notified within days by mail and provided a hotline number to call.
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Prosecutors said Walter Roberts, a 63-year-old unemployed real estate agent in Clayton, tried to forge documents transferring the deed of his parents’ rental property to him. In doing so, he forged his elderly parents’ signatures, said prosecutors.