Collapsed Vacant Kills Man in Parked Car

WBAL and other news outlets are reporting that a vacant home collapsed on top of a parked car earlier today in the 900 block of N Payson Street. The man who was in the car was died after being pulled out, according to WBAL.

The house, 900 N Payson Street, is listed as being owned by a Eugene D. Boykins of the same address. However, Mr. Boykins died in 1999. Two shell companies used by disbarred attorneys John Reiff, Anthony DeLaurentis, and John Reid purchased the tax lien on the property, and a judgement foreclosing right of redemption was issued in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on February 6, 2013.

Despite being disbarred for illegally rigging bids at municipal property auctions, the attorneys are still able to purchase property through the city’s Vacants to Value, and through city tax sales.

900 N Payson Street, before it collapsed
900 N Payson Street, before it collapsed
900 N Payson Street, side view
900 N Payson Street, side view

Of course the home could have been sold since the attorneys took possession, but when deeds are not properly recorded, not only do the state and city lose the recording fees and transfer taxes, owners of blighted property are able to remain in the shadows and therefore escape any accountability when things go wrong with their properties.

Update: In case you don’t read the comments under each blog post, John Reiff and Anthony Delaurentis were both reinstated to the Maryland Bar by the Court of Appeals on March 25 of this year.

7 comments

  1. Robert Strupp

    Thanks for posting this! It is reprehensible and dumbfounding that over 3 years have elapsed since the right of redemption was foreclosed and the land records show the property to be owned by someone who has been dead for 17 years!

  2. Lee

    This is absolutely disgusting!! My grandmother, for years fought the city about two vacants that she sat smack dab in the middle of on Abbotston St. This was back in the 90s and all of the properties have since been demolished (including my late grandmothers) but it’s shameful how the city lets these properties rot to the point of collapse.

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