WASHBURN COUNTY – Criminal fraud charges have been filed against 71-year-old Bernard Seidling in Washburn County Circuit Court.
The 14-page criminal complaint charges Seidling with 32 counts of Class H Felony Fraudulent Writings relating to property transactions he conducted in the cities of Spooner, and Shell Lake, and various townships through Washburn County. Previously, in April 2022, Washburn County Corporation Counsel brought a civil action against Seidling regarding land and real estate transactions. Seidling was held in Contempt of Court in 2022 for violating an injunction imposed on him by Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Thimm in 2018.
The criminal complaint that was recently filed against Seidling states that for a span of several years, from 2016 through 2022, Seidling entered into over 20 contracts with individuals, purporting to sell them land in Washburn County. Multiple victims allegedly responded to property listings from Seidling on Craigslist, according to the criminal complaint. Seidling allegedly used deceptive practices in the contracts such as operating under a pseudonym, disguising his identity through the use of trusts, pressuring individuals to sign contracts they did not understand, and lying about the contents of the contracts.
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Last Update: Apr 14, 2023 9:59 am CDT