BDN reports “Lawsuit alleges Millinocket illegally sold tax-acquired property.
J.P. Morgan-Chase Bank is suing the town and two home buyers for allegedly failing to follow proper procedures during the sale of a tax-acquired house two years ago.
The town’s attorney, Dean Beaupain, denied the allegation this week. He said Millinocket’s procedures were sound and that the town has filed a motion seeking to be dropped from the civil complaint, which is pending in Penobscot County Superior Court.
Filed by attorney John A. Turcotte of Portland on Aug. 10, the four-page complaint states that the town sold the property at 216 Bowdoin St. to co-defendants Wilfredo Rodriguez, who lives in Township 4 Indian Purchase, and Barbara A. Young of Boca Raton, Florida, via a municipal release deed on or about Sept. 19, 2013. The property previously was owned by James and Elise Stewart, according to the complaint.
“As the town failed to comply with the Maine law, its tax foreclosure action was void, and it possessed no title to convey to Rodriguez and Young,” the lawsuit states. “Rodriguez and Young therefore possess no ownership rights in the property.”
The lawsuit asks the court to invalidate the sale to Rodriguez and Young, establish clear title to the property and seeks court costs and unspecified damages.
Read more HERE.
‘Caveat Emptor’ applies “let the buyer beware.” However, town/city attorneys and Maine judges fail/refuse to comply with Maine law….and lawmakers who refuse to take action on compliance of laws they created become lawbreakers.