Solano County

Solano spends real estate fraud prevention cash

By From page A1 | June 13, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has found a use for a portion of the money raised by a real estate document recording fee increase that took effect in January.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved having the District Attorney’s Office spend $33,600 on software development. This software will allow the county to send notification letters to property owners when certain transactions, such as deeds of trust and quitclaims, are recorded concerning their property.

That way property owners would be aware of fraudulent activity concerning their property. A county report said a critical factor in combatting real estate fraud is identifying fraudulent activity quickly.

The Board of Supervisors on Nov. 26, 2013, approved raising the recording fee for certain real estate documents from $3 to $10. District Attorney Don du Bain made the request to beef up the county’s real estate fraud unit.

The $10 fee on 28 documents is to bring in about $750,000 annually. Money is to fund not only the existing real estate fraud unit, but allow it to add a paralegal and part-time forensic accountant, as well as pay for expert witnesses and outreach to warn homeowners of real estate fraud.

Two candidates in the race for the 4th District Board of Supervisors seat in June voiced their opposition to the fee increase. Incumbent Supervisor John Vasquez, who retained his seat, supported the increase.

Software development for the new fraud notification program will be done by ACS Enterprise Solutions. The Board of Supervisors approved the expenditure unanimously.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

This version corrects the $33,600 figure in the second paragraph.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • 2realJune 13, 2014 - 5:59 am

    Real estate fraud prevention, auto theft prevention. Whats next crime prevention fees? Oh yea thats what the police get paid for. Double dipping?

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  • BSJune 13, 2014 - 8:10 am

    Unfortunately, it seems like people with half a brain are paying prevention fees for those with less then half a brain. And by the way, those with less then half a brain do not read the literature sent through the mail, therefore it's all a waste of money. We are being taxed into poverty. DuBain suggested the increase of fees. A guy with his money doesn't care and has not idea how to deal with people. Glad he's gone. Let's waste all this tax payer money so I can say this is what I did when I was DA. Spen money prosecuting crooks, not on flyers telling people how they can be victims.

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