Mcconkey Sued In Foreclosure Fraud Case

April 29, 2009|By Julie Scharper | Julie Scharper,

A state delegate from Anne Arundel County is being sued for damages by a Pasadena woman who claims that he tricked her into signing over the deed to her home.

Del. Tony McConkey, a Severna Park Republican and a real estate agent, is being sued by Teresa L. Milligan. Milligan's civil suit against McConkey alleges "foreclosure rescue fraud," a violation of a homeowner protection law that he voted for in 2005.

In January 2006, Milligan said, McConkey offered to help her save her condo from foreclosure and to help her obtain a loan to make payments, according to court testimony. Milligan signed ownership of her condominium over to McConkey, but then called him within the allotted three days to say that she had changed her mind, according to her testimony in Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge D. William Simpson's courtroom Tuesday.

Eight months later, McConkey filed the original contract that Milligan had signed and began the paperwork to have her removed from the home, according to court documents.

Simpson ruled in September that McConkey acted wrongly and that he should not have transferred the property to himself.

McConkey, who is representing himself, told the jury that he had acted properly. A law school graduate, he agreed to be disbarred in 1995 because of a failed real estate deal in Prince George's County.

Milligan, who is being represented by attorneys Michael Morin and Peter A. Holland, testified that she had bought the condominium after a divorce and raised a son and daughter there. She testified that she had been unable to make mortgage payments because she was applying for disability because of numerous ailments.

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