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If someone has an original bill of sale for a vehicle that was only in their name and someone forged a bill of sale and got

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the title sent to them in their name which is different from the orgininal bill of sales owner. Then another party was sold the vehicle and the fraudulent owner signed off the title to the newest party/owner is the title that the newest party was issued valid? Who would have rights to the car being the new party was unaware of any shady stuff going on with the orginal issued tittle.

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  1. I would hire an attorney on this one. Most likely you will have claims against the forger for fraud and theft. Also, you should call the police as forgery and theft are crimes.

    Now, whether you could get your car back from the new party depends on the circumstances and whether the new party was considered a bona fide purchaser. Although you have said that the new party was unaware, there are many rules regarding whether a buyer is in fact a bona fide purchaser. If he or she is a bona fide purchaser and meets all the legal standards for keeping the property than you will have a difficult if not impossible time getting the property back. If the new party is not a bona fide purchaser or otherwise knew or at least should have known the transaction was not legitimate then you may be able to retake possession of the car and title. Again, the process can be tricky and time consuming so I would enlist the help of a lawyer.


  2. I agree with Mr. Mitchell-Phillips' response. When you speak with counsel you will want to talk with them about the concept of "bona fide purchaser for value" as, depending on the facts, it may be that the individual who purchased the car without knowledge of the wrong-doing are themselves insulated from liability to you.

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