Andre Barbosa, adverse possession mansion squatter, served eviction papers

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A 23-year-old man in Boca Raton tried to snag a $2.5 million mansion for free. Andre Barbosa, a Brazilian national, moved into a foreclosed home at 580 Golden Harbour Drive and filed an "adverse possession claim.

The claim is valid if  Barbosa pays all the bills and taxes for seven years and if the bank does not step forward.

But the bank did step forward and Barbosa was served eviction papers without incident Wednesday, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera.

"adverse possession" was created to help farmers use abandoned land. 

Palm Beach County said 13 claims were filed in 2011. In 2012, 19 claims for adverse possession were filed. Just days into 2013, six claims had already been filed.

  NewsChannel 5's Jeff Skrzypek and Investigative Producer Lynn Walsh contributed to this story.
 

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