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Couple: Grandson Sold House From Under Us

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Hank and Helen KaweckiHank and Helen Kawecki

One grandson did the unthinkable and sold his grandparents home from under them by tricking them into signing over the deed. They now face eviction.

Helen and Hank Kawecki, aged 87 and 88, thought they were signing papers to receive a personal loan from their grandson, but were in fact signing papers to transfer the deed of the house over to him, according to KTTV. 

The Kaweckis' neighbor, Doug Emerson, was responsible for catching the grandson, Chadd Moore, in the act. He began noticing that every time the couple was away, the grandson would bring realtors to the house in Thousand Oaks, California. When Emerson asked Helen if she was selling her house, she told him that she wouldn't dream of it.

Emerson found that the California couple had indeed been swindled by their grandson, who took out $470,000 in loans against the house and defaulted on all of them. The grandson took things a step further and sold the home without their knowledge.

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"People in the neighborhood told me all about it, but I still couldn’t believe it. Not from him, I couldn’t,” Helen told KTTV.

The couple have been in the home for 56 years, but must now pack up their belongings and leave. Even though the sale of the home fell through, the house is in foreclosure, the New York Daily News reports. Although they were set to be evicted in July, a judge allowed them to stay for an additional 60 days.

"I'm hoping something will happen that we can get it back," Hank said. "I don't know how, but you never know."

Emerson has set up a GoFundMe campaign called "Save Helen and Hank's Home" to help cover legal costs and first month's rent and a deposit if they are evicted. 

"We moved [here] a little over a year ago and Hank and Helen are two of the nicest people we have ever met," Emerson writes in the campaign statement. "The emotional stress on them has been unbearable. We are hoping you will help them save their home. It is all they have." 

The GoFundMe campaign has raised $119,000 of its $200,000 goal in three months.

Sources: New York Daily News, KTTV, GoFundMe / Photo credit: Doug Emerson/GoFundMe

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