Businessman David York, Real Estate Agents Doug Carroll and Wendy Carroll and Local Attorney Robert C. Weiss sued in State Court on RICO Violations.

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Malibu, CA – Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation, continues to defend clients’ rights with its recent lawsuit against local defendants, attorney Robert C. Weiss, the Law Offices of Robert C. Weiss, local real estate agents, Douglas E. Carroll of Terra Coastal Properties, Inc., dba Prudential Malibu Realty and Wendy Carroll of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc – Malibu. and Los Angeles-based business man, David York, in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County (together, the “Defendants”). The allegations in the lengthy complaint center around the intricate web of corporations, limited liability partnerships and limited liability companies York created to conduct illegal real estate transactions. The suit alleges attorney Robert C. Weiss and local real estate agents Doug and Wendy Carroll aided-and-abetted in the fraudulent transactions.

Although the full extent of Defendants’ fraudulent real estate schemes is still unknown, the complaint alleges Defendants’ complex Ponzi-like scheme is not only limited to the Los Angeles-area, where defendants defrauded a Malibu family of their life savings in connection with the acquisition of a home and adjacent lot located at 32430 Pacific Coast Highway and 32434 Pacific Coast Highway, but may have reached victims nationwide, including in Hawaii.

The 115-page amended complaint filed in Superior Court at the end of September offers a comprehensive list of allegations against Defendants and brings twenty-six (26) causes of action against them, including RICO claims for racketeering, claims for fraud, and breach of contract claims. The basis of the lawsuit is that Plaintiff, along with his family, believed he was entering into a valid contract to purchase the Malibu property from Defendants. However, Defendants had no intention of ever selling the property, and acted and conspired together, coercing Plaintiff to fork over millions of dollars as part of a sham property sale. Plaintiff has since learned that Defendants have repeatedly used this same sham on the identical property to defraud money out of other hopeful homeowners.

Allegations against specific defendants include those against David York, Douglas Carroll and Wendy Carroll, who Plaintiff claims lied about the sale of the property and their legal ownership of the property. These individuals acted in a way which not only hindered Plaintiff’s ability to purchase the property, but also created a cloud on the property title. David York, Douglas Carroll and Wendy Carroll made misrepresentations to banks to obtain a multi-million dollar mortgage on the property – money they put directly into their own pockets. After Defendants bilked over eight million dollars out of Plaintiff, he was forced to walk away from his family’s dream home with nothing to show for his time and money.

Through his lawsuit, Plaintiff seeks the return of more than $8,000,000 he believes the defendants owe him, as well as treble damages of around $25,000,000 should he prevail on his RICO claims. Finally, Plaintiff seeks to ensure Defendants are held liable for the distress they caused him and his family, so they are never again in a position to engage in similar sham deals with other unsuspecting buyers and cheat them out of their dream homes.

If you have any information regarding attorney Robert C. Weiss or the Law Offices of Robert C. Weiss, local real estate agent Douglas E. Carroll of Terra Coastal Properties, Inc., dba Prudential Malibu Realty, real estate agent Wendy Carroll of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. or Los Angeles-based business man, David York, or think you may have been a victim of their Ponzi-like scheme, please contact the Law Office of Harrison Barnes at 310-598-1719.

Click here to see the amended complaint.

 Click here to see the federal court complaint.

Businessman David York, Real Estate Agents Doug Carroll and Wendy Carroll and Local Attorney Robert C. Weiss sued in State Court on RICO Violations. by

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