Woman tries to exploit dead pensioner's home

Sarah Coles
Maria Lauretta
Maria Lauretta

Maria Lauretta, from Shoeburyness in Essex, attempted to take control of Michael Rees' house in Chadwell Heath, north-east London, after his death. According to a report in the Daily Mail, Rees died with no living heir and no will, and Lauretta decided to take advantage, by changing the locks and preparing for tenants to move in.

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