DTE suing landlord, saying utilities stolenMeter tampering, nonpayment among accusations
Thursday, October 11, 2007
DTE has filed a lawsuit accusing Ann Arbor landlord Dale Newman of energy theft and non-payment and seeks a little more than $500,000 in damages, according to court documents.
$500,000 is triple what he actually owes, which is still an astounding amount:
It alleges Newman has been underbilled or failed to pay $36,736 in electrical bills and $111,011 in gas bills. DTE also stated its investigation cost $25,000 and wanted Newman to reimburse it for that bill.
DTE is asking for three times the amount of actual damages, which it says is $172,748 plus costs and reasonable attorney fees.
But wait! There's more! Dale Newman also faces pressure from the city to tear down the dilapidated Michigan Inn:
For the better part of two decades the Michigan Inn has been a vacant eyesore on Jackson Road, leaving many to wonder how a multimillion-dollar piece of property could sit undeveloped for so long in a town like Ann Arbor.
Instead of attracting developers, the property has been a magnet for squatters and a headache for the Ann Arbor Police Department.
Its owner, 68-year-old Dale Newman, is a real estate broker who's mired in lawsuits, unpaid bills and convoluted business agreements with partners and creditors who say they are fed up.
Dale Newman and his wife and business partner Christine Dong engaged in these and other illegal business practices while we were tenants of theirs. Click the "Dale Newman" post label to read more about their past offenses.