BREAKING NEWS: AG Zoeller Files Lawsuit Against Out-Of-State Companies Accused Of Tax Sale Scheme

first_img AG Zoeller Files Lawsuit Against Out-Of-State Companies Accused Of Tax Sale SchemeIndiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a lawsuit today against three out-of-state companies and their owners for allegedly working in concert to perpetrate a tax sale scheme in attempt to swindle struggling property owners in Allen, Johnson, Lake and Marion counties out of potentially millions of dollars. The defendants in the lawsuit include FLRC, LLC, Coastal Title, Inc. and Oak Tree Title, LLC, as well as Diana Castro, Craig Talkington and David Fuqua. These companies and individuals are based in Florida, Oklahoma and Nevada.According to the complaint filed in Marion County court, the defendants perpetrated a complicated scheme that took advantage of vulnerable Hoosiers who had fallen behind in their real-estate taxes and who did not understand the tax sale process. It is suspected these defendants conducted the scheme in several other states as well.The Attorney General’s Office in suing the defendants is seeking more than $9 million in restitution and civil penalties.Tax sale schemeWhen a homeowner falls behind on their property taxes, the county lists the property at tax sale. The minimum bid set for these homes is the amount owed in taxes. If the winning bid exceeds the amount of the unpaid property tax owed, the county claims only the tax amount and the original homeowner is entitled to any surplus amount beyond what may be owed to a mortgage lender. This surplus may be considered a rough equivalent to their home’s equity. The original homeowner then has one year to redeem the property if he or she can pay back the taxes originally owed. If the homeowner can’t pay within a year, then the bidder is awarded ownership of the property. It’s during this one-year time window that the defendants allegedly perpetrated their scheme.Using court and public records, the defendants and their agents allegedly located and contacted the original homeowners whose properties had been sold at tax sales for large surplus amounts. According to the lawsuit, they deceived at least 48 homeowners by making misrepresentations about their legal rights to redemption or surplus in the tax sales. The scam worked best with property owners who did not have an outstanding mortgage that would have to first be paid off with the surplus.By exploiting the homeowners’ unfamiliarity, the defendants and their agents persuaded the homeowners to sign quitclaim deeds and other legal paperwork turning over their remaining legal interest in the properties to the defendants, in exchange for $450 or less. The companies, in turn, then were able to submit claims for the tax surplus payments the 48 original owners would have been entitled to – in amounts ranging from $2,000 up to $900,000, the lawsuit alleges.  “Rarely have we seen a scam that so brazenly exploited desperate property owners and took advantage of their lack of understanding of a complicated legal process. Victims not only lost their property but money that was rightfully owed to them,” Zoeller said. “We suspect others were victimized, and my office will use every legal tool available to halt this fraud, hold the defendants accountable and assist the victims.”The Attorney General’s Office through its Homeowner Protection Unit (HPU) fielded complaints about this alleged tax sale scheme from the affected owners and from county officials, who were able to identify the potential scheme only after the deed exchanges were filed with the county auditor’s office.“I am thankful the Attorney General is investigating tax sale fraud throughout Indiana,” Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz said. “My staff and I are happy to assist the AG in his investigation because we believe some of these homeowners who have lost their homes in tax sales may have been misled about the surplus funds available to them.”It is estimated that the defendants paid the 48 original owners a combined total of $13,640 for signing the quitclaim deeds, and after defrauding the owners out of their legal rights to the tax-sale surplus amounts, the defendants were eligible to submit claims for $3,265,204 in tax-sale surplus payments.Zoeller said that thanks to cooperation from the local auditors, recorders, assessors, and treasurers, the AG’s Office was able to intervene temporarily in many of these 48 cases and obtain court orders to block the defendants from receiving the tax surplus payments, while the AG’s investigation and subsequent legal action is pending.In the lawsuit, Zoeller’s office alleges the defendants violated the Home Loan Practices Act by making misrepresentations, concealments or false terms in connection with a real estate transaction and by engaging in real estate transactions without proper licensure. The lawsuit also alleges incurable and intentional violations of the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.The lawsuit asks the Marion County court to issue an injunction against the defendants that would prohibit them from engaging in any transactions in Indiana or any deceptive acts or omissions. It also seeks more than $9 million in consumer restitution, investigative costs and civil penalties.Zoeller thanked Deputy Attorney General Derek Peterson for his work on this case.Tips for consumersZoeller added the AG’s Office’s investigation continues due to concerns other homeowners may have fallen victim to this scam or similar scams in Marion County or other counties. Owners who suspect they have been defrauded are asked to file a consumer complaint with the Attorney General’s Office at www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516.To avoid fraud, Zoeller urges any distressed homeowner facing a tax sale due to unpaid property taxes or foreclosure due to unpaid mortgage payments to first seek legal advice from a qualified attorney before engaging in any quitclaim deed or other legal transaction. Free legal advice is available from the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network at www.877gethope.com or from Indiana Legal Services, which recently received a grant from the AG’s Office to support this type of counseling. Todays “Readers Poll” question is “Do You Believe DMD Director Kelley Coures Assertions That The Feds Are Not Doing An Investigation But An Audit of TARP Funds”?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. 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Yelich homers, Anderson solid as Brewers beat Twins 9-3

first_img COMMENT Last Updated: 20th August, 2020 08:49 IST Yelich Homers, Anderson Solid As Brewers Beat Twins 9-3 Christian Yelich hit one of Milwaukee’s four homers, Brett Anderson pitched six strong innings and the Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Wednesday night Written By Associated Press Television News Christian Yelich hit one of Milwaukee’s four homers, Brett Anderson pitched six strong innings and the Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Wednesday night.Avisaíl García, Ryan Braun and Keston Hiura also homered as Milwaukee tied a season high in runs and home runs a night after nearly being no-hit by Twins starter Kenta Maeda. The Brewers also earned seven walks.Anderson (1-2) posted his longest outing of the season, giving up five hits and a run with five strikeouts.Minnesota left-hander Rich Hill (1-1) allowed four runs, four hits, and three walks in 2 2/3 innings after being reinstated from the injured list.Hill cruised through the first two innings on just 16 pitches, but he couldn’t finish the third in his second start of the season after being sidelined 19 games with left shoulder fatigue.The first of Hill’s three walks in the third started the onslaught. Hill let out a loud expletive after walking Orlando Arcia, and Braun followed with his first home run of the season. García singled home two more runs, ending Hill’s night early.Yelich homered to start the scoring in a four-run fifth inning. Braun singled in front of Yelich’s sixth homer of the year. In his past 10 games, Yelich is hitting .324 with three homers and eight RBIs. The 2018 NL MVP hit .037 in his first six games of the season.García hit his second home run of the season and Hiura connected for his sixth off position player Ehire Adrianza pitching in the ninth.Anderson was in cruise control for his best outing in his first season with Milwaukee. He allowed an RBI single to Eddie Rosario in the second and worked around two hits in the fourth. He hadn’t pitched more than 4 1/3 innings in his first three starts of the year.FREE PASSESTwins pitchers entered the day with the fourth-fewest walks of any team in the majors that had played at least 20 games. Lewis Thorpe added three walks in four innings of relief as Minnesota issued a season-high in free passes.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: C Mitch Garver was replaced by Alex Avila after striking out in the sixth. Garver grabbed his side after the swing, and the team said he has right side soreness. … 2B Luis Arraez was held out of Wednesday’s game with what Rocco Baldelli termed “patellar soreness” in his left knee. Baldelli said Arraez has been dealing with the issue over the course of the season. Arraez, who was pulled from Tuesday’s game, had imaging on the knee done on Wednesday that showed a “lighter issue,” according to Baldelli.UP NEXTRHP Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 3.16 ERA) will start the series finale for Milwaukee on Thursday. Minnesota counters with RHP José Berríos (1-3, 5.92). Woodruff allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start against the Chicago Cubs and hasn’t finished the fifth inning in his past two outings. Berríos has given up eight runs in 9 1/3 innings over his past two starts.Image credits: AP First Published: 20th August, 2020 08:49 ISTcenter_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

Whicker: Time to put the Astros controversy in the trash can

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Indeed, Correa doesn’t pretend the Astros were clean in 2017, at least in the regular season. But, again, it’s a much more complicated issue than see-ball, listen-for-banging-trash-can, hit-ball, win-game.Correa claims the Dodgers ramped up their postseason sign system to an unintelligible levelWhen Alex Bregman singled to win the infamous Game 5, the run-scorer was rookie pinch-runner Derek Fisher.“He hadn’t been on second base the whole series,” Correa said. “He doesn’t know what’s happening behind the plate. There are Morse Codes out there.”Plus, Houston won the World Series in Dodger Stadium, although the Wall Street Journal has pointed out that the Astros used their “Codebreaker” system to quickly process signs in road stadiums. Correa says Houston was not banging trash cans on the road.“Cody Bellinger’s job is to look for information,” Correa said. “If you don’t know the facts, you’ve got to shut the (deleted) up.”That hasn’t stopped anyone else.Little Leagues in Fullerton and Long Beach have banned teams from calling themselves Astros. Whether the Jetsons will be forced to rename their dog is undetermined.Yes, it’s encouraging to see people come out strongly against lying and cheating. But any child should be proud to wear Altuve’s jersey, and not just because it might fit.Altuve spent three years in a Rookie League. He earned his way, rung-by-rung. He has had four 200-hit seasons and three batting championships, and he was as deserving an MVP as there has ever been.The Dodgers are basking in their aggrievement, and that’s certainly a human and popular reaction. But they have no right to impugn a player and person of Altuve’s caliber.Correa says the Astros got to Game 7 of the 2019 World Series without cheating at all. But it won’t matter in 2020, when they’ll get booed from the moment their wheels hit the tarmac, when they’ll face up-and-in rockets from emboldened pitchers, when any win will be questioned and any loss celebrated.Removing the 2017 World Series title would be empty and stupid. But the reason GM Jeff Luhnow deserved much more than a one-year suspension, and the reason the Astros should have lost many more draft picks and dollars, is because justice is uneven.Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch will be eligible to return long before the retribution fades away. Players who weren’t with the Astros, or were still in the minors, will bear the shrapnel.Related Articles The Dodgers? It’s unfortunate that ex-manager Don Mattingly didn’t leave behind his “Shut Up And Play” T-shirts.As Correa pointed out, no espionage forced Bellinger and Tony Watson to make run-scoring errors, or turned the Dodgers into statues frozen by Charlie Morton’s curveballs.It’s time to put Astrogate into the trash can of history and go play 162 games. We all could use a nap. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Cody Bellinger had barely jumped off his high horse when Carlos Correa hit the “reply” button and sent it 400 feet.What a shame it will be when the players replace the excitement of the Astrogate scandal with the droning nothingness of regular-season baseball.On Friday, Bellinger said the 2017 Houston Astros had cheated to win the World Series and that Jose Altuve had “stolen” the American League MVP award, although the award is decided by the Baseball Writers Association of America, which gave Bellinger the NL award in 2019.Shortly afterward, Correa beckoned multi-media baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal and delivered a comebacker at Bellinger. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Jose Altuve was the one guy that didn’t use the trash can,” Correa said. “He would go inside … to whoever was banging the trash can and he would get pissed. He would say, ‘I don’t want this, I can’t hit like this.’ … He played the game clean.“The reason he apologized to the media was for being part of the team and not stopping it. But he’s not apologizing for using the trash can, because he did not cheat.”Altuve was also suspected of wearing a buzzer that transmitted pitch selection. When he homered off the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman to win the ALCS last year, he pulled his shirt tightly around him and begged his celebrating teammates not to tear it off.“That’s a lie,” Correa said. “Earlier in the year, he hit a walk-off and me and Tony Kemp ripped off his shirt. His wife told my wife, ‘Why is Carlos doing that? I don’t like that.’’’“The other reason is because he’s got an unfinished tattoo on his collarbone that honestly looked terrible. He didn’t want to show it at all. But he didn’t cheat in 2017 when nobody knew about the system. Why would he cheat in 2019?” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here for this weekend

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.Happy bargain selling and hunting! Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (11) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Becky Hartley · 375 weeks ago 1211 south h garage sale Friday 7th 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. saturday 8:00 to 1:00. cash only. alot of stuff Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Rebecca McFarlane · 375 weeks ago Big Moving Sale – 103 E Elm, Oxford, KS. Washer/Dryer, Dining Set lots more. Full household and outside articles. All needs to go. June 7 and 8. Friday and Saturday – all day Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Kelsi Hinshaw · 375 weeks ago Garage sale Saturday June 8th. 601 Circle Dr. Lot of goodies! Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down J Gilkey & friends · 375 weeks ago 601 Sykes, Wellington – Fri 6/8 5-7 and Sat 6/9 7-noon. Furniture – including beds, garden tiller (low hours), clarinet, clothing – various sizes, misc household items. Lots of goodies! Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Cindy Heffron · 375 weeks ago RAIN OR SHINE Belle Plaine, Ks. 716 N Friend Street Off of Logan across the street from Baptist Annex. 3 blocks straight north of Pizza Hut. Thursday June 6th– Friday June 7th–Sat June 8th 8:00 am to 6:00 pm HUGE HUGE SALE Nice clothes for men and women-small to large Kids clothes-girl and boy-baby to 12 Toys, lots of books, home decor, glassware, electronics, telephones, movies, holiday decor, collectibles, Avon, Partylite, Little people houses and more, lamps, games, stuffed animals, shoes, purses, pillows, sewing boxes and lots lots of misc. Wedding dresses. Size 8 with veil and Size 16 without veil. Every thing is marked low and wanting a new home. 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Cindy Heffron · 375 weeks ago RAIN OR SHINE Belle Plaine, Ks. 716 N Friend Street Off of Logan across the street from Baptist Annex. 3 blocks straight north of Pizza Hut. Thursday June 6th– Friday June 7th–Sat June 8th 8:00 am to 6:00 pm HUGE HUGE SALE Nice clothes for men and women-small to large Kids clothes-girl and boy-baby to 12 Toys, lots of books, home decor, glassware, electronics, telephones, movies, holiday decor, collectibles, Avon, Partylite, Little people houses and more, lamps, games, stuffed animals, shoes, purses, pillows, sewing boxes and lots lots of misc. Wedding dresses. Size 8 with veil and Size 16 without veil. Every thing is marked low and wanting a new home. 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Megin Bannister · 375 weeks ago BENEFIT SHOWCASE this weekend!! Located inside First Christian Church (123 W 9th) in Wellington. 9am-12 noon. This is to help the family of Eddie and Penni Helms who have had medical troubles!!! Come in and shop, enter for door prizes, and get some great products. Vendors include, Uppercase Living, Scentsy, Avon, Pink Zebra, Mary Kay, It Works Wraps, Traveling Vinyard, Vault Denim, The Getting Place, Body by Vi, 31, Origami Owl, A beautiful mess, and others!!! STOP BY THIS BENEFIT AND HELP A LOCAL FAMILY!!! A portion of all proceeds will go to the family!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Traci Hawks · 375 weeks ago Garage Sale, Friday June 7th! 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Furniture…. Home Decor….. Kids’ Stuff 20 Sunset Rd, Wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Loryn Zoglmann · 375 weeks ago Garage Sale! 1915 North B St., Wellington Friday June 7th 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Saturday June 8th 8:00 a.m.- ?? Men’s and Women’s Clothing, Shoes, Furniture, Laptop, and more! Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down David Burden · 374 weeks ago Huge yard sale 503 e 4th in Wellington Fri open at 10-? and Sat 9-? I have baby girl clothes from newborn to 2t, some XXl men and women clothes. New and used picture frames including 2 digital frames, new gift items, household stuff, new makeup and jewelry, stuffed animals, toys, I can’t even rember it all. You’ll be sorry if you miss it. June 7th – 8th Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Phil Younghusband engaged to Fil-Spanish GF

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The couple made their relationship public in 2015 after posting photos on social media of their travels. Since then, they have constantly updated their social media pages of their trips together.  The footballer previously dated actress Angel Locsin for over a year. Their relationship ended in 2013. He and sexy star Bangs Garcia exclusively dated for six months in 2014. JBRELATED STORIES:Phil and James–On losing Mom and Dad, living their passion, being with the women they lovePhil Younghusband officially admits breakup with Angel LocsinYounghusband brothers set for Davao move on 5-year deal Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Azkals striker Phil Younghusband is engaged to girlfriend of two years, Margaret Hall.Younghusband announced on Instagram that he had a “magical Christmas” after proposing to the Filipino-Spanish model.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensecenter_img MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Curry makes season-best 10 3-pointers in return from injury Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We are beyond blessed to have shared this special moment with our family,” wrote the 30-year-old Fil-Brit. According to their posts, they have been spending their Christmas vacation in Switzerland. LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more