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Self-described “celebrity blogger” John Wright was sued in a Michigan court (Case No. 12‐005104‐CZ) to prevent further “shakedown” or “extortion” of money or property from National Mortgage Investigation (“NMI”). Furthermore, NMI alleges that Wright, owner of “piggybankblog,” engages in a practice of asking for donations on his website while secretly taking money from homeowners for “services.” Wright’s consulting practice is not disclosed on his blog.
In the legal action, NMI revealed dozens of emails from a network of individuals including Brookstone Law P.C.’s Damian Kutzner, television personality Allana Baroni and “piggybankblogger personality” Darrell Neilander referring to the owner of NMI, Mr. Fadie Areny, as being a “young punk,” a “scumbag,” a “stupid fool,” and other derogatory adjectives. Allegedly, they all promised to stop defaming him in public blogs if Mr. Areny or NMI paid Wright, Baroni, and Kutzner nearly $200,000.
All the defendants disseminated emails to NMI emphasizing that Wright and his co-conspirators Brookstone and Kutzner have close relationships with governmental officials, including California Attorney General Kamala Harris. The lawsuit claims Areny was told it would “not be good for NMI” if it failed to pay money to John Wright.
Commenting on the lawsuit, Areny remarked, “I have never before imagined that professionals could use derogatory terms like ‘punk’ and ‘scumbag’ while concurrently extorting ownership and money. We have no alternative but to seek and procure injunctive relief against these ‘shake-downs’ resulting from activities such as those employed by Wright, Baroni, and Brookstone Law P.C.”
The lawsuit was filed in Michigan’s Wayne County Circuit Court.
National Mortgage Investigation collates documents and data from national and international public records of financial institutions, uncovering securitization and sales tracing for home owners.
NMI works with lawyers nationwide, and provides expert documentation and clarification of the complicated process of securitization that has been used by the Nation’s banks during the recent period of economic downturn. NMI has performed innumerable expert reviews of documents, many at no charge to assist clients during the bank crisis.