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Fake Filings, including Fake HOAs, a Problem in Missouri

By TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce following x   2018 Feb 10, 6:08pm 578 views   3 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For years, people living in a quiet neighborhood in the Northland ignored the invoices that arrived in their mail demanding payment to a homeowners association.

“Just want to let you know it's a scam,” Tony Navarro said he was told when he moved to the Summerfield subdivision. “This is not an HOA neighborhood at all. There are no monthly fees.”

But then, just before Christmas, a $445 lien was filed against Navarro’s home and more than 30 others.

The reason? For not paying dues to the Summerfield Homeowners Association. An HOA that has no board and provides no services.

If you call the phone number for the company that runs the HOA -- Column's Park LLC: “It's some random guy that answers,” neighbor Jesse Kaucher said.

“He told me he had the number for five years," Kaucher said. "He asked me to let the community know it’s not him. That's how you know it's a scam.”

That’s why neighbors called FOX4 Problem Solvers. Even though the HOA may be fake, the liens are real. Neighbors have had to hire attorney Ed Ford to get them removed.

The filing of fake liens and other documents has become a big problem in Missouri. The owners of a $4 million mansion in St. Louis had to go to court to prevent a woman they accused of filing a fake quit claim deed from taking possession of their home.

“I was stunned,” said Rep. Kirk Mathews, R-Pacific. “ I did not know this practice existed.”

Mathews has since learned it’s easy to file fake documents because the recorder of deeds in each county doesn’t have the manpower to check out the legitimacy of each claim.

“They are just stamping it, stamping it and it’s filed and done,” said Mathews who has sponsored legislation to make filing fake documents a felony. “Hopefully this bill will provide some real teeth for law enforcement to go after the people who are doing this.”

Meanwhile back in Kansas City, Problem Solvers wanted to help the Summerfield neighborhood get rid of those liens.

We paid a visit to Karen Sue Lovell, who filed the liens and is listed as manager of the Summerfield HOA in a letter she sent to homeowners.

We tried to talk to Lovell, but she wouldn’t even open the door of her home. Speaking behind a window, she told us she had no comment.

1   Ceffer   ignore (1)   2018 Feb 10, 6:18pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The Recorder's Office is responsible for lack of due diligence in filing procedures. They need to hire somebody to review the liens and clear the mess up.
2   anonymous   ignore (null)   2018 Feb 10, 8:12pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

An HOA has to be an established trust with records at the land registry. It should be an automated or nearly automated look-up.

The real trouble will come when someone buys the lien and evicts the owners and sells the property to a tertiary sucker like a hedge fund.

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