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Retired APD officer fights eviction amid foreclosure

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -

A retired Atlanta police officer who has battled cancer is now in a fight to keep her home.  Retired APD Det. Jacqueline Barber could be evicted on Thursday, and she says if that happens, authorities will have to physically remove her from the house.

Barber bought her Fayetteville home 7 years ago for $475,000.  She put no money down on the purchase—financing the entire amount.  Now, according to property records, the home is worth half of the purchase price, and she faces foreclosure.  

Barber's four grandchildren live with her, and she's helping raise them.  But if she's evicted, they will all be out on the street.

She tells FOX 5 she was able to afford the home when she bought it, but hard times came when she was hurt on the job and her adjustable mortgage went up.  Then, doctors diagnosed her with cancer, and she underwent a bone marrow transplant. Barber says all the while, she was trying to get her loan modified.  

Wells Fargo, who had the original mortgage on the property, tells FOX 5 they worked with Barber for more than four years to try and help her stay in the house.  They say once the property went into foreclosure, the responsibility went to the new bank owner.

Barber says she was notified that the house was sold to U.S. Bank, and she has tried to buy it back.  She hopes that might still happen, but she claims the bank will not allow her or any member of her family to buy the house back.

Barber's friend, retired APD Lieutenant Joyce Sanders, says former co-workers are supporting her, doing everything they can to try and stop the eviction.  Occupy Atlanta protestors have also joined in to support Barber, saying police officers are part of the 99 percent.

FOX 5 reached out to U.S. Bank, and they say due to the Columbus Day bank holiday, they have not been able to confirm that they have the loan.  They say it's possible that they are the trustee, but that a third party now holds the mortgage.  

Barber is scheduled to be in court on Thursday, and she is hoping she'll get to stay in her house.

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