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[ATG] State’s complaint alleges realtor intimidated tenants with fake court docs
Start Date: 8/9/2013 All Day
End Date: 8/9/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed a licensing complaint Thursday against Wabash-based real estate broker Gregory A. Blatz.

According to the complaint filed with the Indiana Real Estate Commission, Blatz forged court documents which threatened two different tenants with a court hearing and possible eviction if they did not make their rent payments. Blatz owns Blatz’s Realty and B&G Real Estate Consultants, LLC which are both unregistered entities operating in Indiana.

“Falsifying court documents to intimidate tenants is outrageous and a clear violation of the professional standards of practice, and is a serious violation of the authority of our courts,” Zoeller said. “This licensing action highlights our efforts to protect consumers and hold licensed professionals accountable.”

The fake documents were titled, “Notice of Claim to Defendants,” and were accompanied by a letter advising the tenants of their options so that they would not need to attend the court hearing listed on the notice.

Zoeller said Blatz was ousted after the two tenants appeared in Grant County Superior Court 3 to ask where they needed to report for their hearings. The court’s records revealed that the cause numbers on the documents did not exist. Judge Warren Haas then filed a complaint against Blatz with the Attorney General’s office.

Haas alleged that Blatz likely falsified a legitimate “Notice of Claim” which was filed against Blatz by a separate party.

“Respondent resorted to falsifying court documents for the purpose of creating fear, duress, and undue influence upon tenants, which amounts to lewd or immoral conduct,” according to the state’s complaint.

The Indiana Real Estate Commission has not yet set a date to consider the matter. The commission has the authority to determine what disciplinary action to take, if any, against Blatz’s real estate broker’s license.

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Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: Erin.Reece@atg.in.gov
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