TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – Tyler police arrested a woman they believe engaged in spoofing in an attempt to purchase a $1.2 million home.
Mary Morgan Strobel, 27, was arrested on February 22 for forging more than $300,000, a first-degree felony. She was also arrested for fraudulently buying a gun in Bossier City.
A 6,740 square foot home has been listed for sale with a Tyler realtor for $1.2 million. The realtor told police she was joined by Mary Morgan Strobel, 27, and another person who had not been arrested at this time, who, according to the arrest affidavit, said they wanted to buy a home.
The realtor said Strobel and the other met with the seller and listing agent, put a deal on the home, and agreed to pay $10,000 cash in earnest. They submitted what a police investigation later confirmed was fraudulent “proof of money” documents from a local bank, showing they had more than $110 million in an account there. . Strobel is said to have told them she inherited the money when her father died and her brother committed suicide.
Strobel and the other continued to buy a home, even putting sticky notes on all the furniture they said they wanted to buy from the seller.
The agency never received the money, so the agency contacted the couple again. Strobel met with the agent, according to the affidavit, and in front of her called the bank to complain that $10,000 had not been deposited. She said the bank told her it would be wired up immediately. It was never wired, the affidavit states.
The bank has been contacted by police. They were found to have no accounts with the account numbers listed by Strobel and others. There was an account with the person’s name on it, but it contained much less money than the millions they were supposed to have.
When the investigator questioned Strobel, he alleged in the affidavit that Strobel changed her story several times. She claims to have given birth to triplets; he asked the broker if Strobel was pregnant, and learned that although she had told the broker the same, she said that during those four to five months she had been trying working with them, she never seemed pregnant.
Strobel told investigators that she and the other had decided not to buy the home, but in fact the property and title company sent a termination letter to the couple after finding out This deal is a scam. The investigator claimed in the affidavit that he found it “strange” for Strobel to tell different stories to different people regarding the alleged deal, as well as to him.
According to the arrest affidavit, Strobel and others attempted to harm others financially by fraudulently appropriating their property.
Strobel is being held in the Smith County Jail for $100,000.
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