Lawmaker accused of tricking couple in house deed transfer

Delegate settles fraud lawsuit

April 17, 2008|By Nicole Fuller | Nicole Fuller,sun reporter

A state delegate from Anne Arundel County has reached a confidential settlement in a lawsuit alleging that he fraudulently tricked a Crofton couple into signing over their house deed to him.

Reginald D. Williams and his ex-wife Deborah Williams claimed in the 2005 lawsuit that Del. Tony McConkey, a Severna Park Republican and a real estate agent, falsely suggested he was only listing the house with him.

It is at least the second time that McConkey, who has served in the state legislature since 2003, has been accused of wrongdoing in real estate dealings. In October 2006, a Pasadena woman filed a civil suit against McConkey alleging "foreclosure rescue fraud," a violation of the homeowners protection law he voted for when it passed the General Assembly in 2005. That case is still pending.

In 1995, he agreed to be disbarred as a lawyer after a failed real estate deal in the late 1980s in Prince George's County. His real estate license was also revoked, but later reinstated.

The terms of the settlement reached Tuesday before Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Eugene M. Lerner will not be disclosed publicly.

Reginald Williams' attorney, Alan S. Forman, yesterday said, "Mr. McConkey is a nice man and that's all I can tell you."

McConkey declined to comment yesterday, and his attorney, Richard R. Trunnell, did not respond to detailed messages seeking comment.

According to court records, Reginald and Deborah Williams transferred the deed to their home to McConkey on Feb. 3, 2005. McConkey began eviction proceedings in Anne Arundel Country District Court on June 23, 2005.

In January 2006, Judge Paul A. Hackner ordered Reginald Williams, who was still living at the home in the 1900 block of Tilghman Drive, to vacate the property. McConkey was ordered to pay Williams $12,516.85 and to pay HomeEq Servicing Corp. $9,966.33 for the defaulted mortgage.

Records show that Reginald Williams bought the home in 2005 for $330,000, and McConkey sold it in June 2006 and received proceeds of $30,146.03.

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

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