Man accused of renting out vacant homes convicted of recording false deeds

A Long Beach, Calif. man accused of renting out vacant homes he didn’t own could be headed to prison after being convicted on five felony counts of recording false real estate documents, the Orange County Register reports.

Blair Hanloh, 50, was the subject of a 2010 investigation by the paper, which  found he’d recorded false deeds on at least 12 vacant homes in Southern California.

Orange County Recorder Tom Daly told the paper that the county only verifies that deeds are notarized, signed and include a description of the property. Hanloh’s official-looking paperwork “has kept police officers from immediately taking action,” the paper reported in detailing efforts by the properties’ rightful owners to evict rent-paying squatters.

Hanloh faces a maximum of 5 years and 8 months in prison at a Dec. 13 sentencing hearing. Source: