Friday, May 26, 2017
Michigan: Probate Public Administrator for Macomb County Resigns After 7 Action News Investigation
7 Investigator Heather Catallo has been showing you how several local families have been losing large parts of their inheritance to certain public officials and real estate brokers.
Here’s what’s been happening: Real Estate Broker Ralph Roberts has teamed up with some Attorney General-appointed lawyers called Public Administrators. The Public Administrators and Roberts’ company, Probate Asset Recovery, bill the estates for thousands of dollars, plus Roberts gets real estate commissions when they sell the homes that are at stake in the estates after someone dies. The Public Administrators then take legal fees from the estate.
“I find properties. I believe there’s a benefit, so I then tell a public administrator, here’s the benefit there,” said Roberts in November 2016.
“So you’re getting the real estate fees, and you’re getting the Probate Asset Recovery fees,” asked Catallo.
“If we’re successful, yes,” said Roberts.
On Thursday, St. Pierre officially resigned as a Public Administrator.
St. Pierre told the Attorney General that because of a “barrage of false allegations” he decided to step down.
The resignation came within hours of a Judge issuing an order for St. Pierre to explain why he shouldn’t be held in contempt of court for failing to show up for a Macomb County probate hearing this morning.
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