A Lithonia resident who was removed from her home in May but then reoccupied it in June is once again facing eviction.
DeKalb Sheriff’s deputies who tried to serve an “intrusion warrant” on Toni Furman last week were unable to do so because she wasn't home, according to Crossroads News.
Furman moved back into her Stoneleigh Hill Road residence on June 10 with the help of Reoccupy Our Homes Atlanta and civil rights activists and claims that Cenlar Mortgage, a New Jersey-based loan servicing company, evicted her unlawfully on May 7 from the place she has called home for 18 years.
“My neighbors told me two deputies in separate patrol cars came to the house while I was gone,” Furman said. “After they realized no one was home, they attached a notice to the doorknob and left. The two patrol cars make me think that they were here to arrest me.”
Tim Franzen, a spokesman for Occupy Our Homes, said Cenlar has had more than 1,000 calls from their network about the Furman case. “They know she’s in the house so the normal course of action is an eviction notice, which involves a familiar due process which would give Toni her day in court. Does this ‘intrusion notice’ make her subject to arrest? We’re trying to get answers.”
Cenlar did not answer Crossroads' requests for a response, nor did DeKalb Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Cal Jones.
Furman believes she was wrongfully evicted in the first place, back in May. “Cenlar strategically foreclosed on the wrong deed, making it difficult to stop the process,” she said. “Many lawyers told me it was a wrongful foreclosure but I didn’t have any money for legal fees.”