Upon returning to their Colorado after eight months, the Donovans were shocked to find another family living in their Littleton home.
“Last August the Donovans moved to Indiana to pursue a job opportunity. They winterized their home on South Mabre Court and left for the Midwest for eight months. To their surprise, when they returned, a new family was living in their home, claiming they had a legal right to do so,” according to CBS4 in Denver.
The new family, Mary Fernandez-Beleta and Jose Leyva, told police they had purchased the home legally for $5,000 from a man named Alfonso Carrilo. “Carrillo has been linked to dozens of stolen-homes cases across the Front Range and is facing a series of charges,” according to CBS4.
According to ABC News, Fernandez-Beleta filed for bankruptcy on July 20, just hours before a forced eviction, preventing the Donovans from returning home.
“The sheriff’s office will not proceed with an eviction if there is a bankruptcy in question,” Arapahoe County Undersheriff David Walcher told CBS4.
The Donovans continue to stay with a reletive in Greeley and are awaiting a resolution.