Before you start loading up that U-HAUL with items from your foreclosed home, make sure you know the difference between items that you can and cannot take with you. Removing essential items or secured appliances – such as air conditioning units, water heaters, interior doors, toilets, sinks, cabinetry, countertops, and even dishwashers – can get you in a whole lot of trouble with the law. In the state of Arizona, a person can face criminal charges for defrauding secured creditors if they knowingly engage in fraudulent activity with property subject to a security interest with intent to hinder or prevent the enforcement of that interest. Basically, this means that removing those new ceiling fans or any other item that is affixed to a foreclosed home, is off limits. And if you do start deconstructing your home and taking any of these items, you might be accused of trying to defraud a secured creditor – a class 6 felony according to Arizona law A.R.S. 13-2204.
If you have questions about a criminal offense such as fraud or forgery, contact JacksonWhite’s white collar crime attorney. We realize that some people may not have been aware of the legal consequences associated with their actions, and can assess your case during a free and confidential consultation. Our first priority is to provide our clients with superior customer service and up-to-date information about their case. For more information, or to set up an initial consultation at one of our offices located in the Phoenix metro area, call (480) 467-4370.