Article Courtesy of The Tampa
By Susan Taylor Martin
August 11, 2016
Deutsche Bank recently filed the video with the clerk
of court as evidence in its bid to overturn a judge's ruling in the case
in which Kalongianis represented the Land O' Lakes homeowners. The
ruling dismissed the case and awarded him $45,530 in attorney fees and
Kalogianis, a well-known Pasco attorney, real estate developer and
former congressional candidate, has been accused of doctoring records in
several cases to benefit his clients and block foreclosure. Depending on
the circumstances, altering official records can be a felony offense.
In the most recent video to come to light, a surveillance camera in a
Pasco clerk's office shows Kalogianis checking out a file on Jan. 16,
2015, and carrying it to a table. He thumbs through the file, appears to
take something out of a folder and presses down on a paper in the file.
He then returns the object to the folder.
A few months later, Deutsche Bank as trustee won a final judgment of
foreclosure and the home was set for auction on June 6, 2015. However,
Kalogianis filed a motion for a rehearing, partly on the grounds that
Deutsch didn't have standing to foreclose. A judge agreed, and in July
2015 dismissed the case and awarded Kalogianis fees and costs.
In a separate foreclosure case, Bayview Loan Services earlier this year
submitted a surveillance video from May 2015 that also seems to show
Kalogianis stamping something on a paper in a court file. Bayview
accused him of doctoring records in that and other cases to make it
appear that the party that filed the foreclosure actions did not have
legal authority to do so.
In both the Deutsche Bank and Bayview cases, the delinquent borrowers
represented by Kalogianis still have their houses.
Kalogianis, 53, did not return calls for comment Monday but previously
denied any wrongdoing. Pasco Clerk of Court Paula O'Neil could not be
reached by phone and did not respond to an email asking if law
enforcement authorities are investigating claims that Kalogianis
tampered with official court files.
In an unrelated matter, the Florida Bar has recommended that Kalogianis
be disbarred for five years for failing to disclose he was in serious
financial trouble when a client invested $227,644 with him in 2007. She
lost all of her money; he allegedly used $60,000 of it to add crown
molding, hardwood floors and granite countertops to his new $1 million
home in a subdivision he was developing in New Port Richey.
A Hillsborough judge acting as referee in the Bar's case against
Kalogianis is expected to issue his own recommendations for penalty
later this month.