Seriously?—Graceland Foreclosure Scam Orchestrated by Identity Theft Scammer, NYT Reveals

Graceland foreclosure scam orchcestrated by Nigerian man
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Photo Credit: Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

A Ugandan scammer has claimed responsibility for the Graceland foreclosure scam that rocked the industry last week. After the scam went viral on social media—news outlets started digging.

The New York Times reached out to one of the emails provided on the bogus documents created by an entity calling itself Naussany Investments & Private Lending LLC. Over the weekend they received a response from a man who claims to be part of an identity theft network targeting the recently dead and elderly—particularly those who live in Florida or California.

“We figure out how to steal,” the thief told The New York Times. “That’s what we do. I had fun figuring this one out and it didn’t succeed very well. Yo client dont have nothing to worries, win fir her. She beat me at my own game,” the poorly-spelled message continues. The message was written in Luganda, a Bantu language of Uganda.

Naussany Investments claimed to have a deed of trust to the estate in an L.A. County Superior Court. They also claimed Lisa Marie Presley borrowed $3.8 million from the company and used the Graceland property as collateral for that loan. Presley’s daughter, actress Riley Keough, disputed the claims as presented and called the documents fraudulent forgeries.

The fraudulent deed included the signature of Florida notary Kimberly L. Philbrick, who submitted an affidavit in the case stating she never met Lisa Marie Presley and had not notarized any document signed by her. Hours after a judge in Tennessee blocked the sale of the property, a ‘spokesperson’ for Naussany Investments stated it would drop its claims on Graceland.

“As the court has now made clear, there was no validity to the claims,” says a statement released by Elvis Presley Enterprises, the entity that administers the estate. “There will be no foreclosure. Graceland will continue to operate as it has for the past 42 years, ensuring that Elvis fans from around the world can continue to have a best in class experience when visiting his iconic home.”