City Pages Feature Story ads some color to the mortgage/real estate fraud ring in Otsego:
There were a dozen separate applications submitted on Clewette’s behalf. She saw only one of them. There were two requests per property—for a first and second mortgage, a not-uncommon practice in the market at the time—totaling nearly $2 million. On every one of Clewette’s loan applications, the box next to "primary residence" is checked and the box next to "investment property" is blank. Her reported income was more than triple her actual income of $27,000, and she was asked to sign only one of the 12 applications. On most of them, in the space reserved for the "interviewer" who filled out the form, the American Wholesale employee who signed was either the imprisoned John Searle or the disappeared Brian Matheson Sr.
Meanwhile, one of the alleged crooks, unwinds the remnants of a high life built on other people’s money, lies, and who knows what else:
Flavin’s yacht, the Nothin’ but Trouble, is up for sale on Craigslist. The party bus is up there, too ("Have your own rolling money maker"). His half-million-dollar Maple Grove estate is for rent, and his Minnetonka office suite—the one Owens raided in December—is totally cleared out.
Nothing But Trouble [City Pages]