Bittersweet victory for victim of swindle

  • Article by: JAMES ELI SHIFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 23, 2011 - 1:08 PM

A court ruled that Telsche Paulson had indeed been cheated out of her south Minneapolis home, but it's too late to recover it.

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lonederangerDec. 22, 0810:07 PM

That said, I wonder why she still had a mortgage at all??? She was in there 46 years, and with renters no less. Place should have been paid off decades ago.

julie0125Dec. 22, 0810:21 PM

Do you know whether or not she had to pay medical bills for her husband? Did she remodel? Has she been ill? Did she have something she needed to pull equity for?? A lot of people pulled equity for credit she any different? Yeah, in all likelihood, it should have been paid off, but I won't judge people. You don't know what they have been through....

tnucklDec. 22, 0810:31 PM

Home of 46 years--should have been paid off long ago. That's a lot of years to be paying a mortgage. She may be old, but they probably paid 20,000 or less in '62 for the thing. Why was she in forecloser in the first place. Sounds like she has been irresponsible way before she got older.

sagi51Dec. 22, 0810:33 PM

Perhaps someday they will realize what low-lifes they are and have to live with this realization. Shelly says she "had no idea"? What a load!! She is the only one who could possibly believe that. I doubt either one of them has a single friend on the planet. And never will because once a new friend "Googles" their name...

lonederangerDec. 22, 0810:33 PM

Just thinking, someone that worked up until 10 years ago, had renter for probably many years, bought way back when real estate was cheap, etc., etc., maybe should have had something to tap into besides home equity? At any rate, what those scum did to her was unconscienable and I doubt they will get the punishment they really deserve. Hey, how about giving the lady ALL their assets??? Nice big house, etc. Let them rent a spot somewhere... or rot in jail. Sounds fair to me.

cwmplsDec. 22, 0810:35 PM

I'm against the death penalty in principle, but in this case, people who would do this to an elderly woman should be locked up for good. Maybe that would help deter others from defrauding the elderly. Of course, the mortgage firms aren't much better.

ihatethisregistryDec. 22, 0810:47 PM

....I know because I am one of them. Who is to say why this lady had a mortgage - maybe she needed equity to pay off medical bills. It's not our right to judge HER. I've been lending since 1991 and if this lady had been MY mom, the gun would have come off the wall and I woudl have gone hunting. No lie - MN just don't put up with this kind of crap.

lonederangerDec. 22, 0811:03 PM


xahstarDec. 22, 0811:20 PM

You work hard. You lose. You steal. You win. The property was probably sold to someone with political connections. In America, crime pays. My advice is to buy a gun and make friends with the mafia. At least they will protect you, unlike the law.

qualtroughDec. 23, 0812:28 AM

As I have always understood it, if you inadvertently buy stolen property, say, a car, and the previous owner at some point establishes that the car was stolen, then that car is no longer yours no matter who you paid for it and whether or not you were ignorant of the car's status when you purchased it. If this woman was tricked into giving up her house, how is it that she cannot regain the house? Perhaps I missed something, but if there is a lawyer in the house please help.


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