Squatters Claiming Ownership of Abandoned Houses a National Trend

A detailed look into the practice of adverse possession and links to anti-government groups.
3:00 | 01/26/13

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Now, to a little more bizarre business story. We're going to talk about the headlines about the young man who moved into a $2.5 million mansion near miami, without paying a dime. We told you about this story friday morning. We're now learning this has become a national trend. And some of the people doing it are connected to an anti-government group the fbi classifies as domestic terrorists. Boca raton, one of the poshest zip codes in florida is abuzz, for what is happening in this waterside mansion. The bank foreclosed a couple of years ago. Now, a 23-year-old named andre barbosa has simply moved in. Nobody's happy. We all spent a lot of money to live on this street. Reporter: Barbosa is using a legal contract called adverse possession. If you live in a home for a certain amount of time, it's yours. Adverse possession is happening across america. Susan took over homes across america. I filed for adverse possession. I'm not just a transient squatter here. Reporter: This $3.3 million house near raleigh, complete with an elevator, got caught up in the mess when shawn pendergrass claimed he opwned the house. Reporter: There's always been squatters but the housing kris crisis has put the phenomenon on steroids. They're sometimes tied to an anti-government movement, known as sovereign citizens, who believe u.S. Laws don't apply to them. A police officer is walking up to someone who is claiming the house belongs to him. He is standed a sheathe of documents. And ultimately, the officers feel they're forced to go back to headquarters and try to figure out what's going on before they can actually toss someone in the slammer. Reporter: I met a young sovereign named robert peterson, who moved into this foreclosed home in idaho. They're the enemy. They're the enemy of anybody who wants to live free. Reporter: Unexpert on sovereigns found evidence that andre barbosa is connected to a sovereign group called divine province. Based on the language that barbosa used to move into the mention. And that his name is on the group's website. Before you get ideas about trying to use adverse possession, consider that the sheriff forced him out of this house. And susan, arrested for racketeering. And shawn pendergrass, also arrested for obtaining property by false pretext. All of the documents he may file will end up leading to the same conclusion. And that is that he gets kicked out because he has no legal right to be there. As for andre barbosa, he may be running out of time in that mansion. Bank of america has filed a claim in court claiming it is the rightful owner of the home. How crazy that they're arguing that the law's on their side. They are. And they're one-third right. All right. Ron, we hear you laughing. That means it's time for some

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