Couple accused of harassing Hennepin County officials with $114 billion in bogus liens
Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press
A Brooklyn Park man and his wife were charged Wednesday with filing of a slew of bogus and harassing liens worth more than $100 billion against public officials, including Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Thomas Wayne Eilertson, 44, and Lisa Joan Connery Eilertson, 47, filed false liens against “numerous individuals and businesses” using the name “Blessings of Liberty,” according to criminal complaints filed Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court.
Lisa Eilertson faces 47 felony counts. Thomas Eilertson faces 30 counts.
The Hennepin County sheriff’s office referred the case to St. Paul police for investigation because several of the 12 victims are Hennepin County officials.
TheEilertsons’ alleged activities stem from 2009, when their home at 4448 Cedar Ave. S. in Minneapolis went into foreclosure, the complaint said.
A sheriff’s sale was held Dec. 8, 2009, and the Eilertsons were evicted July 2, 2010.
The complaint describes the subsequent events this way:
Someone they met online, identified in the complaint by the initials P.K., gave them instructions on how to file Uniform Commercial Code liens against people in retaliation for their economic problems. They were told that filing under the name “Blessings of Liberty” shielded them from civil and criminal liability.
P.K. described to them how they could “do death by a thousand paper cuts” by filing the liens, which are legal claims against an asset.
All the liens – which totaled $114 billion over 2009 and 2010 – were filed at the secretary of state’s office in St. Paul.
Victims of the fake liens include:
— Steven Bruns, an attorney who represented the lender during the Eilertsons’ foreclosure. The couple filed a $5 million lien and a subsequent $500,000 lien against Bruns for “trespass.” They also filed a lien against his personal residence in Minneapolis.
— Stanek and the Hennepin County sheriff’s office, for their role in the foreclosure and sheriff’s sale.
— Michael Cunniff, the Hennepin County registrar of titles.