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Wake man accused of cheating mother out of home

Posted February 18, 2011 5:23 p.m. EST
Updated February 19, 2011 7:39 a.m. EST

— A Wake County man was arrested Thursday and charged with tricking his mother out of her home, according to an arrest warrant.

Otis Mims, 70, of 6401 Mims Road in Holly Springs, was charged with exploiting the trust of a disabled or elderly person. He is out of jail on a $50,000 bond.

Investigators with the Wake County Sheriff's Office said Mims used "trickery" to get his 90-year-old mother to sign over the deed to her property to him. The transaction occurred between November 2008 and last March, according to a warrant.

Mims held the signed deed for months before recently filing it with the Wake County Register of Deeds, according to investigators.

Julia Mae Mims had no intention of signing her land, valued at $460,000, over to her son, investigators said.