A Knox County judge has purchased two previous Mainers and their now-defunct contracting organization in Union to pay out $744,253 to former clients.
Justice Bruce Mallonee handed down his ruling Sept. 22 and the attraction window has passed previous 7 days. Liens from Malcolm and Elizabeth Stewart and Castle Builders, their unsuccessful contracting organization, ended up filed in the Knox County Registry of Deeds very last Friday.
The decide also barred the pair and the corporation from soliciting consumers as a general contractor.
The Stewarts need to pay back the sum to the Maine Lawyer General’s Office, which will disburse any money acquired to the victims. The judgment, nonetheless, does not assurance there is any revenue to recoup from the Stewarts.
The point out gained a default judgment immediately after the few still left a Zoom simply call on what was to be the to start with day of a civil demo on Aug. 23.
In August 2021 an attachment of $359,350 was placed on the couple’s house in the town of Washington, together with 15 acres and buildings valued at $285,171.
A scenario in U.S. Individual bankruptcy Courtroom concluded in March with only $5,000 in claims remaining paid out, although almost $40,000 in administrative costs were being paid out. The preliminary claims filed in the individual bankruptcy situation totaled extra than $1.1 million like taxes and payroll. There have been 177 collectors shown in their personal bankruptcy filing, and most of them had been former customers of Castle Builders. Previous personnel, suppliers and the government also have been mentioned as lenders.
In addition, Malcom Stewart was indicted in March 2021 by a Knox County grand jury for two counts of theft by deception. He pleaded not responsible in Could 2021 and stays absolutely free on bail.
The following court listening to in the scenario is Jan. 20 in the Knox County court docket. Stewart’s legal professional is asking for the expenses to be dismissed, and if the scenario goes to demo to have it moved exterior Knox County simply because of extensive pre-trial publicity.
Stewart, a Canadian citizen with a long term U.S. residency card, now lives in Pelzer, South Carolina. He signed a Maine pre-trial deal and should have no speak to with the scores of alleged victims. He also had to turn in his passport.
The attorney general’s workplace filed an April 6 memo contacting for a sentence of eight years in jail with all but five years suspended, to be adopted by three a long time of probation for Stewart if he is convicted.
The criminal offenses are alleged to have transpired from April 2018 right up until September 2019 in Knox, Waldo, Hancock, Kennebec, Lincoln and Somerset counties.