Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Ohio Man Claims Ownership Of Dozens Of ‘Abandoned’ Homes

CINCINNATI (UPI) — A man who had the locks changed and claimed ownership of an Ohio home while the family was out of town said he has used the same scheme several times before.

A Springdale family, who asked not to be identified, said in court documents Robert Carr changed the locks at their home of 21 years and obtained court documents saying he was laying claim to the home because it had been abandoned, WLWT reported Friday.

The family’s attorney, Alison Warner, said Carr took over the home while the family members were out of town visiting a dying relative.

“This is stress that has fallen on their shoulders out of nowhere, after the death of a loved one and now they’re responsible to answer to this,” Warner said.

Carr admitted to WLWT he has followed the same process on dozens of homes.

“When you abandon a property, bam, walk away from it, ‘I ain’t never coming back. I don’t want nothing to do with it,’ right? Somebody can come in, ‘Oh, mine,’” Carr said.

“I have a team of people who go out and I say make sure the house is empty. If it’s empty, change the locks,” Carr said.

Carr is currently fighting a breaking and entering charge from one of the homes.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Kevin Cornelius said he has seen similar cases in the past.

“They’ll come together as groups to receive training, how to conduct some of these schemes from a financial standpoint, to understand what they consider the common law and how they can use that common law for their sovereign purposes,” Cornelius said. “I’m not familiar [with] any cases where it’s held up in court. I think that it holds up the process of the court’s decision.”

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Ohio Man Claims Ownership Of Dozens Of ‘Abandoned’ Homes”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.