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article imageBank wrongfully repossesses home while owner on vacation

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By Leigh Goessl     Jul 24, 2013 in Business
A bank reportedly wrongfully repossessed an Ohio woman's home. The homeowner had been out of town and came back to find the locks changed and all her possessions gone.
Katie Barnett, of Ohio, was on a two-week vacation when she came home to a nightmare. The locks on her home had been changed and she discovered all her possessions were gone after she managed to crawl through a window.
Barnett at first thought she was robbed, "and she wasn't too far off," Gawker notes.
The acts had been committed by a bank. Representatives from the First National Bank in Wellston went to the wrong house to repossess. They were supposed to go to the home across the street.
But instead they locked up and got rid of Barnett's belongings. All her stuff was either sold, given away or tossed out.
"They told me that the GPS led them to my house,” Barnett told news channel 10TV in Ohio. "My grass hadn’t been mowed and they just assumed."
“They repossessed my house on accident, thinking it was the house across the street," she said.
She reported the incident to local police, who ultimately closed the case. And now the bank is reportedly refusing to pay for damages and the loss of her property. She gave the bank an $18,000 estimate which they allegedly will not pay.
"He [bank president] got very firm with me and said, ‘We’re not paying you retail here, that’s just the way it is,’" Barnett said. “I did not tell them to come in my house and make me an offer. They took my stuff and I want it back.”
Barnett is furious over the bank's attitude. She describes the employees as being sarcastic and rude, rather than owning up to their actions and setting things right.
Reportedly, the bank did not comment to 10TV news.
Wrongful foreclosure is sadly not uncommon. Often mistakes are attributed to clerical errors, but it could possibly be the first time one was blamed on a GPS fail.
Related:
Mistaken foreclosure costs Florida man his personal possessions, June 2011
Bank of America declares living customer dead for last 3 years, February 2012
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