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House flipper contributed to poor housing market
Florida man bought more than 200 homes in Cuyahoga County under a fake name
Story by GRANT ENGLE


 
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The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office has said that a Florida man accused of illegally flipping hundreds of homes directly contributed to the housing blight in greater Cleveland.

Blaine Murphy was arraigned Thursday on charges that he forged the deeds under the name Bryce Peters Financial.

Assistant County Prosecutor Michael Jackson said Murphy never filed the appropriate paperwork stating that he was flipping the houses that had major problems.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael Jackson

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“The city of Cleveland says look, if you’re going to buy a house with a lot of violations, if you’re going to buy a condemned house, that’s your business, but you’re going to know about it. We want you to know about it. We don’t want you deceived or thinking you’re getting one thing and you’re getting something else.”

Jackson said the prosecutor’s office is still investigating how Murphy was able to buy the homes with cash.


The judge in the case has not set Murphy’s next court appearance. He’s being held on $1.5 million bail.

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