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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Maine Legislator faces fraud investigation

AUGUSTA — Acting on one of the worst campaign fraud cases seen in Maine, the state ethics commission on Wednesday asked for a criminal investigation into a freshman legislator’s alleged spending of thousands of dollars in public campaign funds for personal use and false reporting of that money.

The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted 4-0 to refer the case involving Republican Rep. David R. Burns of Alfred to the state attorney general for possible criminal prosecution.

A commission audit uncovered numerous alleged illegalities, including mixing personal funds with public campaign money, submitting bogus receipts purporting to justify his spending to the commission, using thousands of dollars in public campaign money for personal use, and reporting nearly $1,300 in expenditures that never occurred.

Commission chairman Walter McKee said he found the candidate’s “righteous indignation” at being confronted with the audit findings, and his response by submitting false documents, “kind of mind-boggling.”

“I certainly have never seen anything at this level in terms of severity,” McKee said.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Broad Street Home For Sale Rockland Maine 04841 -- $1

-Well.....not really a dollar.

But this home is bank owned -- which means they are motivated (big time) to sell.

Broad street is not a great street or neighborhood.

But I'm just sayin.....



Thursday, January 5, 2012

130 Hathorne Point Road Cushing Maine 04563 For Sale $900k

Don't get me wrong.....this is a great location on the ocean.

And Cushing is everything you could imagine from "classic" Maine.

But $900k is a lot of money for  a 3 bedroom cottage. You could live 200 hundred yards inland, and smell and hear the ocean for under $200k.

$14k a year in taxes.

For me, and I've lived in Maine for 20 years, and on the ocean, it's not a wise investment.

But that's me...and I'm always critisized for saying oceanfront and oceanviews are over rated (but they are).

This house will be sitting for a while.

Most multi-millionaires who would buy a home like this would build it exactly the way they want it and pay cash.

Oh well..........

Marc Charles

130 Hathorne Point Road, Cushing, Maine 04563

Year Built: 1970
Square Footage: 1232 sq ft
Lot Size (Acres): 14.0
Rooms: 5; Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1; ½ Baths: 1
This very private property features the best Maine has to offer:Wide open river vistas,grassy meadows,wild flowers & fruit trees,stone walls,abundant wildlife,deep water frontage w/sand beach at low tide.Sunny home perfect for year round or seasonal use. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Owls Head Voters Agree to Fight Lawsuit

I found the story interesting....and quite common.

1. People from "away" buy land and homes in Maine.

2. The land or homes come with certain deed restrictions, including easements

3. Prospective owners understand the deed restrictions and easements, and often pay real estate attorneys to help them understand

4. Prospective owners agree to the terms. conditions, restrictions and easements

5. Prospective owners change their mind and do not like people walking past or near their property.

6. Prospective owners join committees and councils to change laws (especially as it relates to their land and investments)

7. When this fails - prospective owners sue.

8. Locals do not like to be htreatened or sued, and especially not from people from "away"

9. People from away lose court decisions (or settle out of court) 90% of the time

I believe the people form away will lose this time too.

Marc Charles

Owls Head — Nearly 100 residents overwhelmingly agreed at a special town meeting Dec. 19 to spend up to $50,000 on legal fees to defend a lawsuit brought to overturn the town's easement on a road that leads to the waterfront.
"We need to send a message," resident Nina Paul said about people who buy property in the town and then try to cut off access to neighbors and other residents.
Other residents agreed.