The owner of an Edgewood mobile home distributorship is accused in a $2.2 million civil suit of pocketing six checks worth more than $225,000 as payment for mobile homes he failed to deliver.
Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, the plaintiff, is seeking reimbursement of $225,580 in payments made by six credit union members, plus $2 million in punitive damages. The suit was filed Tuesday in Harford Circuit Court by Gerald Danoff, a Towson lawyer who represents the credit union.
The suit alleges that defendant John P. Seisman, president and chief operating officer of Manufactured Housing Discounters Inc., intended to deceive the customers and the credit union.
The suit also contends that when the contracts were executed between Nov. 7, 1991, and June 2, 1993, Mr. Seisman "knew . . . he did not have the mobile homes in his possession and had not ordered the mobile homes," and "knew that the promise to deliver the mobile homes was false."
The mobile home sales office for Manufactured Housing Discounters Inc. has been removed from its former site at 3001 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood, and the company's telephone has been disconnected.
The address for Mr. Seisman in the lawsuit is the Bel Air office address of John W. Nowicki, a lawyer who has represented Mr. Seisman in other legal matters.
Mr. Nowicki said Friday that he has not yet seen a copy of the suit, but if Mr. Seisman had been served with one, "I am sure he would have contacted me." The attorney said he would not comment on the suit until he has reviewed it and spoken to Mr. Seisman.
The six counts against Mr. Seisman and his company list the following people as alleged victims:
* Mark E. and Dawn M. Taylor, who purchased a 1993 Imperial mobile home for $45,320 on Jan. 28, 1993.
* Paul C. and Julia M. Newman, who bought a 1993 Mansion mobile home for $34,960 on June 2, 1993.
* Charles T. Wapole, who paid $41,456 for a 1992 Palm Harbor mobile home on Nov. 7, 1991.
* Robert W. Sears, who bought a 1993 Imperial mobile home for $33,578 on Nov. 28, 1993.
* David J. Danielczyk, who purchased a 1993 Imperial mobile home for $34,855 on Nov. 4, 1992.
* Harry T. Smith and Diane J. Snee, who bought a 1993 Imperial mobile home for $35,411 on Oct. 30, 1992.
For each count, the lawsuit provides copies of checks deposited xTC to the business account of Manufactured Housing Discounters Inc. and contends that titles to the mobile homes were not presented to any of the six purchasers.
The suit also alleges that the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union never received copies of the titles naming it as the lien holder on the money, which the alleged victims received as loans.