I purchased what was advertised as a 3/2 home located at Ward Street, Detroit MI 48227 from Andrius Vilcinskas and his mother Jura Vilcinskas, for $14,600 + back taxes for two years, totalling a little over $28,000.
When I was trying to gather information from them to do the due diligence, it was an impossible task to get any information from them. When it came time to close escrow, I still didn't get all the information I requested answered, and was told by Jura that she would send the information after close of escrow, as we agreed in writing for 15 days after closing escrow. Instead of sending me the information I requested, she informed me in an email that she could do nothing, because escrow closed, and it was my problem. The last I heard from her.
In her advertisement, as stated early she claimed the home was a 3 bedroom 2 bath home in a better Detroit area. She also wrote in her ad that this was a section 8 rented home collecting $900.00 per month. Both claims after speaking with Section 8, who wouldn't give me the information I wanted prior to the close of escrow because I wasn't the new owner yet. Section 8 stated that the rent was only $700.00, and the tenants share of the rent was $130.00 and they paid the remainder amount $570.00.
After getting the tenants name and phone number, after escrow, because Jura refused to allow me to speak with the tenant until after escrow closed. The tenant informed me, it was only a 2 bedroom with 1 1/2 baths. Jura's son signed an Addendum to the Purchased Agreement that they would pay the outstanding water bill prior to closing of escrow, instead of fixing the problem, the Vilcinskas absconded with my money, and refuse to respond to any of my telephone calls, and even refused the certified letters that was mailed to them outlining the deficiencies that needed to be corrected or I was entitled to receive my earnest money back. This certified letter was returned "refused".
Jura informed me all the utilities were paid and up-to-date, the place was rehabbed two years prior to them selling the house to me, and the water bill was paid in full. Everything she said was done was a lie. The tenant stated, the water bill was still outstanding with a $300 price tag still due and owing.
Her son Andrius tells me the yearly taxes are less than $1,000, tried calling the local tax authority in Detroit to get the correct answer is an act of congress, and because at the time I called them, was told I wasn't the new owner, I couldn't get the information I was seeking, until I owned the property. This was despite the fact that I already closed escrow, but they needed proof that I was the owner. Another delay because of Government Rules and Regulations.
What should have alerted me and a red flag to this scam, was when the Vilcinskas inflated the price upwards to $16,500 when it should have been $14,600. I realized then I wasn't dealing with reputable people, but the works of con artist. After learning all the lies I was told, I contacted the Escrow officer to informed him of the material misrepresenttion. He was shocked, and instead of holding onto the money until my due diligence was completed, he had already given the funds out to the Vilcinskas'. And they of course left Michigan for their home in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
I filed the matter in District Court in Detroit. After getting my papers that I filed I tried having the papers served on the Vilcinskas at their New Mexico address, only to have them returned not deliverable. I also became aware of the fact that their previous corporation Power Savers, LLC was not their correct corporation, that it actually belonged to someone else, which is against the law.
I was told the Vilcinskas' had moved to Sun Valley, California, and I learned later they had moved to 24058 Eagle Mountain Street, Canoga park, CA 91304. The documents were served on Andrius Vilcinskas and TLC MN, LLC their corporation. We have a pre conference court hearing scheduled for November 21, 2011.
Presently I am awaiting tria to see what transpires in a court of law. In the meantime, I hope your readers will take heed and reconsider doing business with these con artist and avoid the mistake of doing any kind of business with them. If you would go to the Bid4Assets web, you can read more about the underhanded dealings these people had with other victims. I also learned the husband of Jura and father of Andrius Vilcinskas was convicted of the same crime they are now doing, and is presently serving time in prison for his crime.