US Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s husband, Steven Schultz, is now being accused of trying to rip off an elderly homeowner. A lawsuit filed in Fort Lauderdale, FL, states that Schultz tried to have 70-year-old investor Frank DiMaria hand Schultz the deed to his $4 million commercial property.
“Because DiMaria was having troubles reimbursing credit lines and mortgages issued by Schultz’s now-defunct Community Bank of Broward, the bank would eventually launch the foreclosure of DiMaria’s property on the heavily traveled Atlantic Boulevard beachfront area.”
DiMaria is now saying that Schultz used intimidation tactics to get him to surrender his property without proper proceedings from the law.
“’Mr. Schultz called Mr. DiMaria and proposed that he sign the Pompano Beach property over to Mr. Schultz personally,’ the lawsuit reads. ‘Mr. DiMaria replied by stating, ‘Are you out of your mind?’
“Mr. Schultz replied by stating ‘no’ and further stating something to the effect of ‘no matter how big a lawyer you get or how many, I will destroy you and them and you know I have the power to do it.”
Schultz is using the defense that DiMaria knows about Schultz’s marriage to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to create a conspiracy involving the two.
“’Mr. DiMaria knows I’m married to Debbie, so he might believe in some big conspiracy theory involving me and Debbie,’ Schultz said. ‘But that’s not the case. I couldn’t personally seize his property even if I wanted to.
“He is a crazy old guy who cost the bank a lot of money. Eventually, we had to sell his mortgage to another party at a $200,000 loss.”
Schultz is also blaming DiMaria’s Italian accent on the “misunderstanding”. He also is questioning DiMaria’s business sense, saying that he overpaid for the 17,000-square-foot strip mall. Road work that occurred shortly after DiMaria’s purchase hurt traffic to the mall and caused tenants to lose business.
“’What is definitely possible is that someone at the bank asked Mr. DiMaria to sign over the property without a costly court fight. A full-fledged foreclosure battle costs money not only to the bank but to the landowner as well.
“But I never asked that he deed the property to me. Besides, I’m not interested in commercial properties.”
Wasserman Schultz has stepped down from her position as head of the DNC during this last presidential campaign after emails surfaced showing she favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.