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Cop Stole Townhouse? NYC Officer Accused of Forging a Fake Deed

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 08:42 AM

A cop in New York City who is facing claims she stole a townhouse in Brooklyn is planning on fighting the charges.

It all started when the family of the late owner Lillian Hudson, who died in 1993, tried to sell the property at 23A Vernon Avenue, only to discover the deed was in the name of Blanche O'Neal, a New York City police officer. During the investigation, O'Neal claimed — among other things — that she was awarded the home as part of a $5 million judgement from a 2008 civil suit that stemmed from a slip-and-fall incident outside the property, the New York Post reported. It was later discovered that the case was actually dismissed.

She also said at one point that she purchased the home from Hudson's nephew for $10,000 and is accused of filing a fake deed with his signature on it. 

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement that O'Neal, 45, clearly attempted to steal the "neglected three-family house" in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant when she filed the deed transferring the property from Hudson's nephew to herself in 2012.

"This defendant allegedly stole a house from its rightful owner with the stroke of a pen, apparently hoping no one would notice," Thompson said. "But her brazen actions have unraveled and she will now be held accountable. That she is a veteran NYPD officer makes this alleged crime all the more disturbing."

According to the Gothamist.com, the heirs tried to sell the property in 2014 and learned then that O'Neal was listed as the owner. The officer now faces charges of possession of a forged instrument, grand larceny, filing a false instrument, and perjury, for when she testified to her ownership before a grand jury in September 2014 after a burglary in the building.

"The Sheriff's Office is actively investigating real property theft and related financial crimes throughout New York City," New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito said in the Brooklyn DA statement.

"Those who think they can simply file false documentation with the NYC Department of Finance should take notice. The Sheriff will aggressively investigate and arrest any party involved in such criminal activity," he added.

O'Neal's lawyer said she plans to fight the charges.

"She's pleading not guilty, because she's not guilty," the attorney told Gothamist.com. "And she's going to vigorously defend the case."

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