Several years ago, a network of corrupt employees of the Property and Commerce Registry here erased the mortgage registrations of a number of high-end homes. With no identified owner, the properties could then be claimed, which the employees did by re-registering the titles in their own names. The scheme was caught by an officious notary public, who reported the incident to local authorities.
Today, it would be difficult for city employees to try the same trick. Thats because of a new app the city recently created called Real Estate Alert. The app protects homeowners by emailing them any time a transaction involving their property transpires. This means unauthorized transactions can be caught quickly, if they happen at all. Which is unlikely. Because now, the eyes of the public are watching.
The app is just one small part of Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera’s wide-ranging campaign against municipal corruption, which he launched last year.
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