(Source: beverlyreview.net) One of four men found guilty of illegally taking over several vacant homes in Beverly/Morgan Park two years ago, a practice commonly known as squatting, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.
David Farr, also known as Fahim Ali, was admitted into the Northern Reception and Classification Center in Joliet on May 24, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).
His projected parole date and discharge date have yet to be determined.
Farr was found guilty this past September of two counts of theft of property greater than $1 million, and according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, he faced six to 30 years in prison.
According to a news release from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, prosecutors said Farr and three other men were “engaged in a pattern of illegal activity in which they unlawfully claimed foreclosed or vacant properties as their own and either moved into the property themselves or rented the home to a third party and acted as a landlord. On multiple occasions the defendant unlawfully entered the properties, changed the locks and then filed fraudulent documents with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office to verify alleged ownership of the property.”...