(MT. PLEASANT, MI ) – US Navy veteran Theodore Visner and Kathy Smith are having trouble getting their story out.
Two and a half years ago the family fell victim to real estate fraud by Isabella County Sheriff’s Dept. employee Shelly Sweet.
Ted Visner says they purchased their former home on land contract, only to learn seven months later, that the seller, Sweet was not making monthly payments on the house. A bank foreclosed on the property, all unbeknownst to the Visner/Smith family.
“They came and took our house and everything in it, nobody has been able to help me because the police are involved.” Ted Visner told The Rundown Live.
“The woman we bought our house from worked for the sheriff’s department and she changed her mind and instead of using the courts to get her house back, through due process, she uses the sheriff’s department to come in and steal all of our stuff.”
“The Sheriff’s department came in when we where out of town and they completely emptied our house. There was no warrant, there was no due process, no eviction, no for closer, just theft by police.”
Sweet deceived the sheriff’s department that Visner and his wife stopped making payments, while Visner is able to prove via canceled checks to Sweet that they were indeed paying. “It was blatantly untrue,” Visner added. “There is no evidence to support what the county did, it all shows what we are saying though.“
“Sweet knew that we would be out of town, she offered the contents of our home to her friends and coworkers at the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, claiming we had abandoned the home. Many took her up on her free offer deal and took over $55,000 dollars worth of our personal property.“
“She just put a sign out and let anybody have what they wanted, she didn’t remember who was there. In her own deposition she admits to giving our stuff away.”
Visner expressed “I don’t have any criminal background, I served six years in the Navy on submarines, my wife and I have kids, we don’t deserve this, nobody in the world deserves this.“
Visner says the following people participated in the crimes against his family.
Isabella County Sheriff Deputy Clinton Steinert Isabella County Sheriff Department Clerk Shelly Sweet Isabella County under-sheriff John Tellis Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski Isabella County Board of Commissioners (7 or 8) Isabella County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Burdick (out-going) Isabella County Prosecuting Attorney Risa Scully (incoming)
“Our story needs to go viral, people need to know that they have to stand up for their rights, when we stop standing for our rights we won’t have them anymore.” He concluded that statement by adding that you only have rights when people in positions of authority listen.