ALBUQUERQUE (CN) - A woman who "works like a dog" at two jobs came home exhausted to find that Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Florida Homes, and the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department had changed the locks on her door and boarded up her windows. They had served a writ of possession on the wrong house, she claims in Federal Court.
Joan Garvin says she couldn't get into her damaged home until 2:15 a.m., and was so tired from the ordeal she missed two days of work. She says the defendants ruined her door and windows and haven't repaired them.
Vanderbilt hired Florida Homes to dispossess someone else "several short blocks away," and the Sheriff's Department helped them without bothering to get the right address, she says.
She seeks punitive damages for trespass, conversion, negligence and civil rights violations. She is represented by Richard Feferman.
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