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103-Year-Old Woman Allowed To Stay In Home After Deputies And Movers Refuse To Evict Her


Last Edited: December 3, 2011, 8:20 am

After a bank issued an eviction notice for a home in Northwest Atlanta, sheriff's deputies and movers went to the residence to remove the people who lived there. But when they found Vinia Hall, 103, and her daughter, Vita Lee, 83, the movers and deputies decided not to follow through with it.

According to WSBTV, the women had been engaged in a long legal battle with Deutsche Bank, the financial giant accused of widespread mortgage fraud by the U.S. government earlier this year and is the focus of a $1 billion lawsuit filed by the Justice Department. In November, Deutsche Bank paid $165 million to settle a suit claiming that it had misled credit unions about the risk of securities tied to mortgages.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ali Muhammad, Hall's grandson, took out a second mortgage on the house from Deutsche Bank National Trust. Although Hall lived in the residence for 53 years, Muhammad was listed as the owner. In 2009, Deutsche foreclosed on the property, according to the paper. (The loan is now controlled by Chase Bank.)

The Journal-Constitution reported that Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Derrick Boazman, a former city council member, and Vincent Ford, a state senator, all intervened to keep Hall in her longtime home.

“[Chase] should write this off at a loss,” Boazman said.

"I saw the sheriffs, who came to put them out, take off and leave. I gave all glory to God," community activist Michael Langford said.

"Please don't come in and disturb me no more," Hall said. "When I'm gone you all can come back and do whatever they want to," Hall said.

Hall is set to turn 104 in three weeks. 

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Comment by Starr920 - December 3, 2011, 8:36 am
"Ali Muhammad, Hall's grandson, took out a second mortgage on the house from Deutsche Bank National Trust.   Although Hall lived in the residence for 53 years, Muhammad was listed as the owner."

Notice there is no comment from the greedy grandson who took advantage of his elderly relatives - got the money - now can't or won't repay it and wants Chase Bank to forgive the loan. (smh)
Rick GComment by Rick G - December 3, 2011, 10:03 am
We need more sheriffs to tell the banks to do their own dirty work. I have zero sympathy for a bank that loans fake money for a mortgage and charges interest that equates to several times the value of the original loan.

Debt and interest are not money - they are IDEAS and have no inherent value.

Comment by PERDUE - December 3, 2011, 10:18 am
Find the grandson and make him pay this money back.
LORD, I than You for touching the hearts of the sherrif and the movers.
You gave them a sense of right and wrong.
Only You could have pulled this off.
Thank You.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - December 3, 2011, 12:38 pm
That article leaves some unanswered questions for me.
1.) If the woman lived there for 53 years how did Muhammad become the listed owner?
2.) If Muhammad owned it was he collecting rent from her on it? If so where did the rent money go?
3.) If Muhammad took a second mortgage on it who holds the first mortgage? Usually a first mortgage holder has first claim on property.

I am glad she got to stay as it looks like she was getting raked over the coals for obvious reasons.
Comment by Starr920 - December 3, 2011, 2:01 pm
Thanks for your comments, Rick, Perdue and Jap69.

Jap69 - here's what I've read:

1) Vinia Hall deeded the home to her other daughter Kathelyn more than 20 years ago and Kathelyn deeded it to her son, Ali Muhammad. Muhammad held title to the home and, in 2002, obtained a loan in the amount of $17,500.00. He told CBS Atlanta, in 2008, he failed to make several mortgage payments and the home went into foreclosure. "I am the person who is responsible," said Ali Muhammad. "I take full responsibility in this, but beyond that they don't need to be thrown out of their home, no matter what."

2) As far as I know, there were no rent payments - don't know about who made tax and utility payments.

3) Don't know who holds first mortgage but if Ms. Hall has lived in that house for 53 years then it was purchased in 1958 - original mortgage paid off years ago.

Would be interesting to see title search on that property - wonder how many times Mr. Muhammad used that house as collateral to obtain loans.

Comment by Starr920 - December 3, 2011, 3:06 pm
Here's another foreclosure action filed against Mr. Muhammad:

Case#     2010CV193661     Status     Disposed
Date Filed     11/23/2010     Disposed     12/22/2010 Final Order
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - December 3, 2011, 3:13 pm
Thanks Starr.

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