Utah real estate brokers fined $2 million for selling bogus real estate documents to potential buyers
A Utah real-estate broker was ordered to pay $2.6 million to a family of three after he duped them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate license fees, the Utah Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday.
Real-estate license fees are an annual fee that must be paid to an applicant to obtain a Utah real property license, and they are usually required for property owned by a limited partnership or limited liability company.
The Utah Attorney Generals Office said in a news release that John Stoehrer of Lava Mountain Real Estate LLC sold real estate licenses to four clients who didn’t even own the real estate they were buying.
The clients were told that they could purchase the real property for about $400,000, according to the news release.
But the real- estate license was actually worth $2,600,000.
That meant that Stoehyres real-ty license fees were worth $3,400, the release said.
Stoehyreres attorneys then tried to sell the licenses to another couple, but they didn’t want to pay the real license fee, the news released said.
Instead, the lawyers sold the licenses and used the money to buy two other properties for $1.5 million.
Then, Stoehres attorney took out another loan and paid $1 million more to Stoeheeres real estate agents.
Stuehyres license fees would go up to $6,000 a year for the next three years, the report said.
When the family was trying to get a refund for the fees, they were told they were required to pay a $1,500 loan from Stoehlers real-lien agent.
Stole the money from the family and used it to buy another property, and the real owner’s license fee increased to $3.6 a year, the Attorney General said.
Stoehners license fees then doubled again to $5.6 annually, the AG’s office said.
But Stoehares attorney was able to collect the $2-million fine.
He was ordered by the Utah court to pay all of the debt owed, and also have his license suspended.
The AG’s Office said it will seek civil penalties against Stoehmens real-lei, real estate attorney and agents.