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California Attorney General Jerry Brown Files Suit in Property Tax Reassessment Scam

Earlier this week, the following lawsuit was filed in San Diego Superior Court “PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA VS. SEAN MCCONVILLE” by the California Attorney General’s office.

The lawsuit alleges that brothers Sean and Michael McConville and their companies Property Tax Reassessment and Property Tax Adjustment Services targeted tens of thousands of California property owners in an effort to fraudulently obtain $179.00 from each while promising to lower their property taxes through reassessment.

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The problems were numerous. According to the lawsuit the McConville brothers’ companies mailed out letters that implied a connection to a government agency, looked like bills, offered services for $179.00 that are available at little or no cost directly from all county assessors, and allegedly failed to deliver services when paid.

According to Attorney General Jerry Brown “These scam-artists ripped off thousands of homeowners for property reassessment services readily available free of charge.” He continued “This lawsuit seeks to end the deception and blocks these companies from continuing to scam homeowners.”

Brown’s suit seeks an end to the scam and at least $2.5 million in civil penalties.
The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office charged one of the brothers last week, Sean McConville, with 20 felony counts for criminal conduct stemming from his property tax reassessment operations.

And this was not the McConville brothers first brush with the law. On April 16, 2008 the California Department of Corporations filed enforcement actions against the brothers and ALG capital. Those documents are available HERE.

Homeowners who believe they have been victimized by this or any other property tax scam should contact the California Attorney General’s Office at: 1-800-952-5225 or their local County District Attorney.