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Property damaged during an eviction at the wrong house

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

July 23, 2008

Ty Ty, GA (WALB) - Hurricane victim Donna Hutto is trying to salvage what she can again. This time, after her belongings were damaged when she was evicted from her Tift County home. "It came upon a really bad storm, and everything I own is soaking wet. Our clothes, our furniture, our beds soaked," said Hutto.

Tift County deputies and a moving company came to 1249 W. B. Parks Road Tuesday afternoon to serve an eviction notice. It turned out to be the wrong property.

"I tried to tell the deputy you've got the wrong place. This does not have a mortgage on it. This belongs to me," said property owner for over 40 years, Grace Cook. "I'll go get the papers to my deed and, I did. He looked at it, and he still kept putting stuff out."

"On the order the paper stated the address was 1249 W. B Parks Road, and that is exactly where we were at. They were following the order of the court," said Captain Larry Taylor of the Tift Sheriff Department.

It wasn't until Grace Cook called a lawyer that the mistake, signed by the Federal National Mortgage Association and Chief Judge of the Tifton Judicial Court Circuit, Gary McCorvey, was reversed.

"I met with Judge McCorvey, and he issued a resending order," said Taylor. "I feel it's a lack of information from the attorneys of the mortgage company. The information presented to the judge, he actually received a lack of information."

And now Donna is left to pick up the pieces of the mistake. "I was real upset. I spent most of the afternoon and most of the night crying," said Hutto. "They didn't say anything about compensation. And once they were done, they just left. I can't afford an attorney at this time; I work at a convenience store. So there is not a whole lot right this minute that I can do."

A representative from Federal National Mortgage Association would not comment, because the litigation of this case is ongoing. The proper eviction in this case has not been ordered yet, because authorities are still unsure about the correct address.

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