Attorney Cory Briggs. Photo by Sam Hodgson.

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“Somebody gave a lecture on this, and they referred to the official records, whether it’s in this county or another county, as the king’s record. People 200 years from now should be able to research to find out what happened here accurately.

“Birth certificates, marriage certificates, transfer of property.

“The public record is almost held to be sacred. You can’t fudge on the public record. It’s one of those things that has to be a constant.”

—Vance Welch
Deputy District Attorney
San Bernardino County
Real estate fraud unit

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