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February 23, 2014

Anderson real estate broker owes $180,000 in back taxes

Little progress in civil suit, criminal probe of Shoot

ANDERSON — Real estate broker Roger Shoot and his wife Pamela, who face a civil lawsuit after an investigation by the state attorney general's office, owe Madison County more than $180,000 in back property taxes, according to public records.

"He was already delinquent when I took office in 2011," said County Treasurer Kelly Gaskill, who expressed concern that the delinquent taxes — on properties where the Shoots are the deeded property owners — may never be paid in full.

Gaskill said an agreement was reached to repay nearly $11,000 in back taxes that were owed on one property in the 800 block of Myers Avenue. Records show that several payments were made. But "the agreement was not met," Gaskill said. As a result, the parcel was placed on last October's tax sale list.

On Oct. 4, four days before the scheduled sale, full payment was made and the parcel was removed from the sale list, she added.

Other properties, however, have been put up for sale twice. When they didn't sell, they were placed on a list for auction at a Madison County Commissioners certificate sale. Those properties are now scheduled to be offered at another commissioner sale in the spring, Gaskill said.

In addition, the Indiana Attorney General's office filed a lawsuit against Shoot last April. State investigators began examining his business practices in 2012 after receiving complaints from people who had arranged to buy houses from him on contract.

The lawsuit alleges Shoot ran what it characterized as a "rent-to-own scheme," and that he failed to pay insurance premiums and property taxes as outlined in contracts, and instead pocketed the cash, according to court records.

Shoot did not return a recent phone call requesting comment about the back taxes. His attorney, David McNamar, also did not respond to an email and phone call requesting comment about the status of the attorney general's lawsuit.

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