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Expert explains what happened after man returned home to land he bought in 1991 to find £1.2 million house on it

Expert explains what happened after man returned home to land he bought in 1991 to find £1.2 million house on it

Dr. Daniel Kenigsberg came home one day to see someone had built a property on his plot of land

An expert has revealed what actually happened when a man returned home to find someone was building a huge £1.2 million house on his land.

Dr. Daniel Kenigsberg bought a half-acre plot of land back in 1991, which was located next to his childhood home in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Kenigsberg has held onto the plot of land ever since and was hoping to pass it down to younger generations in his family.

And while there had been previous attempts from others to buy the plot of land - such as one offer of $400,000 (£314,000) in 2022 - Kenigsberg has always rejected any offers that came his way.

Kenigberg was shocked when he saw the property (Daniel Kenigsberg)
Kenigberg was shocked when he saw the property (Daniel Kenigsberg)

So imagine his absolute horror when he arrived at the plot one day to find someone building a property.

What actually happened?

Well, it turns out that the land had apparently been 'sold' to 51 Sky Top Partners LLC for $350,000 (£275,000) back in October 2022.

It's reported that the company had fallen victim to a scam and bought the plot from someone impersonating Kenigsberg.

He is now suing 51 Sky Top Partners LLC on nine counts, and is seeking damages and compensation of up to $2 million (£1.57 million), with the lawsuit ordering the company to clear off his land and restore it to how it was before they thought they bought it.

How can this happen?

A consumer protection lawyer has since explained how such a situation like this was able to happen in the first place.

Taking to TikTok, Kevin Kneupper said: "Well, his name is Daniel Kenigsberg and someone who claimed to have the same name - it probably was just made up in a forgery - basically signed what's called 'a power of attorney', which is the right to sign legal documents on someone's behalf.

The man who owned the land came back to find someone building a house on it.
Google Maps

"So they forge a document that claims (to be) from the owner, this Daniel Kenigsberg guy, someone in South Africa forged it, and then goes around to a property company and, you know, sells them the land, showing them the document claiming that they have the legal right from the owner of the land to sell it to them.

"It's really easy to go find who owns land. If you've never done searches on this, in most counties, you can actually just go, it depends on your state.

"But in many places, you just search online, they'll have databases, so they could find out real easily who's the actual owner and then just pretend to be him.

"Now, to be clear, his attorney and Mr. Kenigsberg, they are not accusing the people who bought it of being involved.

"They think that they sort of didn't know what was going on, and that someone in South Africa did this. And that's who the police are trying to go after to find where the money actually went to when they paid for it."

Speaking about the bizarre case, Dr. Kenigsberg added: "I'm angry that so many people were so negligent that this could have happened.

"It's more than obnoxious — it's offensive and wrong."

LADbible has reached out to 51 Sky Top Partners LLC for comment.

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