Sacto 9-1-1
April 24, 2008
Sacramento detective to appear on CBS news show

From Chelsea Phua:

A local cop is about to make his debut on national television. Sacramento Police Det. Mike Wood is scheduled to appear tonight on "The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric."

Wood, who has been investigating real estate fraud for three years, was invited to talk about a growing national problem as more homes go into foreclosure -- "professional squatters" moving into vacated bank-owned homes.

Wood said he is both nervous and excited to be interviewed on national television, but he is happy to do it because it will help alert people to this fraud.

Wood said it is important that bank agents be aware of the conditions of the foreclosed homes they own, and renters should be wary about from who they are renting. Some of the squatters have pretended to lease property and have absconded with deposits.

Wood will have to tape the interview. He doesn't usually get home by 5:30 p.m., when the broadcast is scheduled to begin on Channel 13.

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