Link Roundup

Gosh doesn’t this story sound familiar? “California Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging at Public Foreclosure Auctions” Towson man sentenced to 6+ years in mortgage fraud scheme. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition annual conference is coming up — and there’s still time to register! Call for Proposals:  How Housing Matters to Families and […]

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Update: Mayor Rawlings-Blake Joins Housing to Announce Aggressive Enforcement Action Taken to Rid Community of Drug Nuisance

An update to our earlier post: “Today, Baltimore City is serving notice to all landlords that we will not tolerate criminal activity in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “To eradicate crime and blight caused by irresponsible landlords, we will use any and all enforcement tools at our disposal to remove the threat posed to […]

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Tax-Sale Bid Rigging Conspirator Berman Sentenced

Steve Berman, husband of Hunt Valley attorney Heidi Kenny, and conspirator in an illegal tax-sale bid rigging scheme, was sentenced to two years probation for his part in the racket.  Two of his co-conspirators, Harvey Nusbaum and Jack Stollof, were sentenced earlier this year. Three other Baltimore lawyers were named in the court proceedings, according […]

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An Idea for Baltimore City: Slumlord Ordered to Live in Vacant Home

According to the Richmond Slumlord Watch blog, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, one of Richmond, Virginia’s slumlords has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail and then move into one of his vacant properties: Convicted slumlord Oliver C. Lawrence will split his 70 days of incarceration between the Richmond City Jail and a vacant house […]

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Builder Pleads Guilty to Fraud – Is Also Violent Criminal, Court Records Show

A perfect example of why you should always check references and court documents before signing on the dotted line and handing over money: The Baltimore Sun reported that Walter Osborne Ely, Jr. and his sister Kimberly Zahrey pled guilty to misusing more than $225,000 in deposits from customers expecting new homes, to be built by […]

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Federal Investigation: Tax Lien Bid-Rigging By Slumlords

After a lengthy federal investigation, the Baltimore Sun reports that two men from Baltimore have been accused of conspiring to rig bids at Maryland tax lien auctions. Mentioned in the Sun’s ground rent series from 2006, the men accused are Harvey M. Nusbaum, Jack Stollof, and Steven L. Berman. In addition to the bid rigging […]

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