The solicitation, which requests a $189 processing fee, is not affiliated with any government entity, Goddard said. The document attempts to appear official and contains a “notice number” and deadline for prompt processing. Assessed valuations for 2009 cannot be changed since the appeals process for 2009 has ended, Goddard said. "In addition, there is no fee required to file a property valuation appeal with county treasurers’ or assessors’ offices in Arizona," he added. The letter was sent by a company called the Property Tax Review Board.
The lawsuit said the solicitations distributed by McConville and Property Tax Review Board are completely fraudulent and deceptive because the deadline for appealing 2009 property valuations has lapsed, Goddard said. The lawsuit also says the defendants led consumers to believe they were conducting a legitimate business when, in fact, they were accepting monies for services that they cannot perform, Goddard said.
On Friday, Minuteman President and CEO Carmen Mercer, who is a well-known activist for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps., turned over to U.S. Postal Inspectors the Post Office box and the more than 1,000 responses she has received.
Chris Simcox, head of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corp, stepped down in July to challenge John McCain for his AZ Senate Seat. When he stepped down last month, Simcox said Carmen Mercer, a German immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen who has been involved with MCDC since its inception, would succeed him as the group’s president and CEO.
Minutemen have been in the news recently for their schemes and scams to raise money for their causes. Most recently, Minutemen Leaders Shawna Forde and Gunny Bush, who were trained at MCDCs border camp, were arrested for murdering 9 year old Brisenia Flores and her Dad. Forde had grandiose schemes of stealing from border residents in order to build funds for her own Minuteman Border Patrol Camp.
Previously, both Simcox and Mercer were under scrutiny and accused of misappropriation of funds by their own members when hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations were unaccounted for. These funds were meant to build their unbuilt MM Border fence.
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Note: Big Thanks to one of my Anonymous readers for passing this story on to me!