Archive for “Escheat”

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Appellate Court Weighs In

Posted June 2nd, 2009 by Joe Kaiser

State law says that such a surplus rightfully belongs to the person who owned the property. - AAG David Huey

Dear Rob,

For the last few years you’ve been calling me a scam artist, saying the overage funds we claimed actually belong to former owners who sold us their properties because the law, RCW 84.64.080, says so.

You even sued me over it and won, obtaining a judgment that included nearly $650k in restitution to these same owners in repayment of the overage funds we collected.

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James J. Volk, dead

Posted May 30th, 2008 by Joe Kaiser

And three years later King County Treasurer Phil Sanders confiscated the funds.

Dear Rob,

Jim Volk passed away earlier this month.

He was in his mid-eighties and had no family, but he did have a few friends who took good care of him when he needed it most. He died penniless.

Well, not quite penniless . . .

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In Perpetuity is a Bitch

Posted May 3rd, 2008 by Joe Kaiser

Curiously, though all county treasurers received this email, only one provided a copy, and trust me, it wasn't Darryl Pheasant.

Dear Rob,

As mentioned in an earlier post, some three million dollars has escheated to county expense funds in the last five to 10 years.

Though the record is incomplete, we have confirmation from Washington state county treasurers that no less than three million has gone unclaimed and now belongs to those counties through escheatment.

But, things aren’t always as they seem, are they?

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Posted May 2nd, 2008 by Joe Kaiser

Cheryl, then an Assistant Attorney General, told my attorneys that unclaimed tax sale overages escheating to county expense funds were "insignificant."

Dear Rob,

I’m guessing this entire “foreclosure rescue scam” misadventure is the result of Pierce County Prosecutor Bob Dick’s issues with our idea of using tax sales as exit strategies.

He’s convinced our “overage plays” get in the way of his county’s overage plays, and that’s how this “zero consumer complaints” investigation got started.

Sure, I may be completely wrong, but I doubt it.

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Public Records Request to King County

Posted February 28th, 2008 by Joe Kaiser

Would it stem from the fact that King County, under Phil Sanders’ apparent direction, has effectively stolen $93k from Gordon, his son?

Dear Rob,

King County appears to have pulled a fast one, and it sickens me.

Of course, as always when conjecturing, I may be completely wrong and everything may in fact be copacetic. But I doubt it.

In any case, my letter to Paula Adams, Public Disclosure Director for the King County treasurer, ended as follows . . .

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