When Bank of America tried to unjustly foreclose on a Florida couple’s home, they took matters into their own hands (video below).
Warren and Maureen Nyerges were in danger of having their Collier County home be taken away by the bank, but the foreclosure claim missed one important fact: The Nyergeses had paid for the home in cash.
So they took the banking giant to court and a year and a half later, the foreclosure was dropped. The judge also ordered Bank of America to pay the couple $2,534 in legal fees, CBS News reported.
After five months, the financial conglomerate still hadn’t paid the couple. That’s when the Nyerges couple’s lawyer, Todd Allen, decided to turn the tables on Bank of America.
Police and moving vans showed up at Bank of America to legally seize the corporation’s assets.
“I instructed the deputy to go in and take desks, computers, copiers, and filing cabinets, including cash in the drawers,” Allen told WINK, a CBS affiliate.
Allen was reportedly locked out of the bank manager’s office while the manager tried to figure out what to do. He said the bank supervisor on duty was “visibly shaken,” according to NPR.
“Having two Sheriff’s deputies sitting across your desk, and a lawyer standing behind them, demanding whatever assets are in the bank can be intimidating,” Allen told WINK. “But, so is having your home foreclosed on when it wasn’t right.”
Bank of America eventually paid the couple. No assets were actually apprehended, and the bank apologized for the delay in payment. They said the original request was sent to an attorney who is no longer in operation.
The couple’s attorney said banks often fail to do their due diligence when foreclosing on homes.
“As a foreclosure defense attorney, this is sweet justice,” Allen added.
Sources: CBS News, NPR / Photo credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr