Journalist's Housing Fraud Investigation Got Personal

George Knapp
George Knapp

Improper foreclosure practices are so widespread in Las Vegas that one reporter trying to expose them found that he too was a victim.

George Knapp, chief investigative reporter for Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, was investigating how "tens of thousands" of people who thought they were homeowners turned out not to actually own their homes due to fraudulent paperwork, when he discovered that he was in that exact situation.

Las Vegas foreclosure attorney Tisha Black told Knapp that nine out of 10 foreclosure filings are done improperly, jeopardizing the ownership status of the house.

"I gave her my address, because I bought a home out of foreclosure three years ago this month," Knapp said on KLAS during the conclusion of his report. "The Attorney General's office confirmed to me that I don't own my home because of bogus signatures and improper filings."

More than a tenth of all homes in Las Vegas received a default notice last year, according to a RealtyTrac report cited by CNNMoney.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.