Vinton County Prosecutor Considers Charges After Home Was Wrongly Repossessed


UPDATED: Wednesday July 31, 2013 11:49 AM

The Vinton County Prosecutor told Consumer 10 on Tuesday that she is reviewing a police report about a wrongful home repossession and is considering charges.

Katie Barnett recently returned to her home after being away for several weeks to find her doors locked and her belongings gone.

Barnett says that the First National Bank in Wellston mistakenly repossessed her house, even though it was not her bank. They were supposed to foreclose on and clean out the house across the street.

The bank told Barnett that their GPS led them astray.

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Some of the items in her house had been hauled away, others were sold, given away and trashed.

Barnett has asked the bank to compensate her in the amount of $18,000.

So far, the bank has refused, saying that it apologized for what happened but was disputing the amount of money the homeowner wanted them to pay.

In the statement, officials said they wanted to compensate Barnett fairly and equitably for inconvenience and loss.

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