For my own amusement, I sometimes scan newspaper articles sent from my Google alerts. Especially when a strange story catches my eye. What I find even more interesting than the story, sometimes, are all the comments from online readers. If you generally skip reading the comments -- and I wouldn't blame you if you did -- you're missing a collection of thought stranger than fiction.
A part-time real estate agent in Arizona was nabbed by the FBI for mortgage fraud. His name is Kailash Bhatt. He also worked for the state and as an instructor at University of Phoenix. When the bank foreclosed on his home, Bhatt stripped the foreclosure home and began selling on Craigslist the fixtures: the kitchen cabinets, granite counters and built-in appliances. It's considered mortgage fraud to remove fixtures that damage the bank's security for the mortgage. The FBI investigates mortgage fraud.
The comments on this foreclosure stripping story ran the gamut. Here is a sampling of what readers thought:
- Bhatt is a terrorist.
- The FBI should be spending its time arresting real crooks.
- All real estate agents are criminals.
- It's the bank's fault for not implementing a workout program for Bhatt.
- The University of Phoenix is a toxic wasteland of crap.
- Criminals come from India.
- The federal government is to blame.
- Bhatt should be allowed to strip his home.
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