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Company Accused of Bilking Property Owners with Costly Deeds

4/8/2013

Indiana's Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against a company accused of using government-like mailings to offer copies of property deeds and bilking consumers.

Officials say the company has operated as either Illinois Deed Provider, Inc., National Record Service, Inc. or National Deed Service, Inc. Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the company sent mailers to property owners offering certified copies of deeds for $59.50 and an additional copy for $20.

However, Zoeller says the property deeds are public records and county recorders can provide copies for free or very low cost. The state alleges the company violated the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act and the Deceptive Commercial Solicitation Act. Zoeller’s office seeks an injunction, consumer restitution, civil penalties and investigative costs.

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