Three months after the front-yard confrontation, Presscott Rosche sent Lopez an apologetic letter, along with a deed that appeared to transfer the house back to Lopez's name.
"We understand that this may have been an inconvenience to you but we would like to mend this issue by giving you notice of such unpleasant incident," the June 20 letter said. "Thank you very much for your appreciative consideration and patience."
That same day, Presscott Rosche filed papers appearing to transfer 10 other houses back to their original owners, property records show. One of those owners, Jetsenia Coto, said she was unaware that Presscott Rosche had a deed to her home in the first place.
"I have no clue what you are talking about," Coto said when told of the Presscott Rosche transfer.
Lopez said he went back to the Miami-Dade police, where he met with detectives and examined photo line-ups. But no arrests were made following his complaint.
One of the men who came to his house, Lopez said, was Esteban Oviedo -- a notary who approved the Presscott Rosche deed on Lopez's house and other transactions. Lopez said he identified Oviedo from a photo lineup provided by detectives.
In November, Oviedo, 27, was arrested for burglary for squatting in a Kendall house owned by a German couple, Thorsten and Anke Meinberg, court records show. A neighbor told police that she saw Oviedo break into the house and change the locks in July.
"A whole family moved in. They even had parties there," said Fernando de Allende, a friend of the Meinbergs who watched the house for them and first complained to police. He said the Meinbergs' car was stolen from the garage, as was some furniture from the house.
But Oviedo told police he had a lease to the home, which was in foreclosure at the time, the records show. Prosecutors dropped the charges because they said they couldn't prove that Oviedo didn't believe he had a legitimate lease.
"It is possible that (Oviedo) was a victim as well," a prosecutor wrote in a memo dropping the case.
When contacted by The Herald, Oviedo said he had been "fired" by Presscott Rosche in November, and said he believed all deeds were handled properly. He did not respond to follow-up calls.
The property appraiser still lists the Meinberg house, valued at $257,000, as the property of Presscott Rosche.
Others have also complained about Presscott Rosche's tactics.
Last summer, Presscott Rosche went to court demanding $6,000 in rent from four University of Miami students leasing a Coral Gables house from a different owner. The partnership also sought to have the students evicted -- though the company offered no proof that it actually owned the home, court records show.
Nevertheless, Miami-Dade County Court Judge Nuria Saenz ordered the students out of the house, which was in foreclosure. The students then turned to Hallen, who discovered that Presscott Rosche's deed to the $853,000 house was flawed.
"There's nothing in these documents that would make anyone think these were real," Hallen said of Presscott Rosche's deed and other records. "They're just blatant, these people."
Hallen then went to court and asked the judge to hold a hearing to determine the true owner of the property. But when no one from Presscott Rosche showed up at the hearing, the judge rescinded the eviction order, court records show.
Much about Presscott Rosche remains obscure -- including who, exactly, are the partners in the organization. In state records, the company lists one of its partners as Joshua Isreal Corona. But a search of public-records databases could find no records of anyone with that name.
The partnership's agent is listed as Daya Oluz. No records of Oluz could be found either.
An address listed for Oluz in Presscott Rosche's registration form comes back to the home of Claudia Zuloaga, 41. A former business partner of Zuloaga's filed papers with the state last year saying that Zuloaga was now using the name Daya Oluz. Oviedo told The Herald that Zuloaga was an office manager at Presscott Rosche.
Zuloaga worked as a tax preparer until last year, when the Internal Revenue Service accused her of orchestrating a "tax-fraud scheme" for clients by submitting bogus tax-refund requests.
The IRS called her theory of tax law "pure fiction" -- after paying her clients $3 million in unjustified tax refunds, court records show. A federal judge issued an injunction preventing Zuloaga from working on any more tax returns.
Objecting to the IRS lawsuit, Zuloaga filed a 23-page response (without a lawyer) in which she challenged the authority of the IRS and the validity of U.S. tax laws. She referred to herself as "a living breathing self-aware woman," court records show. Her response was notarized by Oviedo.
Zuloaga could not be reached for comment for this report.
Records show that Zuloaga is also partners in other Florida businesses with Boyd-Bey, Presscott Rosche's "attorney in fact," and another California man, Jacob Orona. In 2010, Boyd-Bey filed a lawsuit in California on behalf of Presscott Rosche, though the judge in that case noted that Boyd-Bey is not a licensed lawyer in that state, court records show.
Neither Boyd-Bey nor Orona could be reached for comment.
While some homeowners are outraged that Presscott Rosche has apparently taken their homes, others are resigned to it. If Presscott Rosche didn't have the house, they figure, the bank would.
"It's a business, I guess," Gutierrez said.
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