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Sep 14, 2010 12:50 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Occupants evicted from former Guldi home in Westhampton

Sep 14, 2010 12:50 PM

WESTHAMPTON—Suffolk County Sheriff’s deputies last Thursday evicted the occupants of a Westhampton home once owned by the family of former Suffolk County Legislator George O. Guldi, who is facing a mountain of charges related to an alleged multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme.

When reached on Tuesday, Mr. Guldi, who lived in the Brushy Neck Lane home as recently as last year, said he was not the one evicted. The former Democratic legislator, who is an attorney with a law office in Westhampton Beach, declined to say who had been living in the house, how many people had been living there, or whether or not they had been paying rent.

Mr. Guldi told authorities that he was living at the house the three times he was arrested and arraigned last year, most recently in November 2009 for tax evasion, according to Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota. This week, Mr. Guldi said he is now living somewhere else, but declined to say where.

Records show that a company, DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc., took possession of the home last year after bringing foreclosure proceedings against Mr. Guldi’s late father, Walter E. Guldi, in 2005, claiming that he failed to make mortgage payments.

The elder Mr. Guldi died in 2006 while the foreclosure action was still making its way through the court system. George O. Guldi is listed in court documents as the administrator of his late father’s estate and one of several heirs.

Two sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Westhampton property last Thursday and, shortly after 11:30 a.m., searched the two-story house for occupants. At around noon, the deputies informed workers from a moving company, Network Trucking of East Meadow, that no one was inside. Workers, who declined to comment, then started wrapping up furniture, removing it from the house and piling it by the street.

Deputies declined to comment at the scene. Michael P. Sharkey, chief of staff of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office, later confirmed that the deputies performed an eviction at the house, but declined to say who was living there.

Mr. Guldi said a neighbor alerted him about the eviction on Thursday, and he worked with friends to pick up and move the furniture—which he said mostly belongs to him—until 3:30 a.m. Friday. He said there is already an appeal pending for the eviction order, and there will soon be additional legal action to “strike down the foreclosure and reverse it.”

“The situation is entirely screwed up,” Mr. Guldi said. “The foreclosure judgement and the eviction order are defective.”

The 3,900-square-foot house, which sits on 1.5 acres, is valued at $1.2 million, according to Southampton Town tax records.

Mr. Guldi, 57, is accused of being one of the ringleaders behind a massive mortgage fraud scheme that targeted homes on the East End and elsewhere and illegally netted some $82 million, according to authorities. He has been free on a $500,000 bond.

Mr. Guldi’s former home on Griffing Avenue in Westhampton Beach burned down in November 2008. Mr. Guldi was charged with insurance fraud and grand larceny in 2009, for allegedly misusing the insurance payment he received after the blaze and forging a signature on the check, authorities said.

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Pass the popcorn, this could get fun to watch.
By Sparkibew (28), southampton on Sep 10, 10 5:16 PM
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By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on Sep 10, 10 6:59 PM
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free junk
By asurest (117), easthampton on Sep 10, 10 5:47 PM
Mr. Wheeler, thank you for asking. a.) no b.) yes.
By Sparkibew (28), southampton on Sep 10, 10 8:21 PM
It seems this will be forever be like asking a.) "How many licks does it take, to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop?".

b.) "The world, may never know..."
By Mr. Z (11000), North Sea on Sep 11, 10 11:51 AM
Another corrupt Democrat, what a surpirse. Oh, I forgot, party affiliation is only an issue when it's a Republican according the the Southampton Press style guide.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Sep 10, 10 9:00 PM
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So in the same way the Press only sees party affiliation when the corrupt politician is a Republican, you only have a list of corrupt Republicans? Do you believe that only Republicans are corrupt or do you simply not care how crooked Democrats are because you agree with their agenda?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Sep 11, 10 9:29 PM
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and republicans are not corrupted???????????????????????
By dlb (21), sag harbor on Sep 16, 10 9:48 PM
Isn't it amazing two presumed educated commentors and they still haven't learned, even after the last two years of "transparency" that our system of government is systemically corrupt. That there isn't ANY difference between Republicans or Democrates. The Untited States is completely controled by Corporist interests and Corporate Personhood.
By rrc1049 (63), Bridgehampton on Sep 11, 10 9:46 AM
The issue is that the policy of this news organization is to only identify party affiliation in relation to wrongdoing when it's a Republican. Regardless of your own political leanings, are you ok with that kind of conscious manipulation of public opinion?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Sep 11, 10 9:33 PM
Another "liberal media" conspiracy nut job. Go back to Fox and Beck and Rush, there is no manipulation there.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 12, 10 12:33 PM
Excuse me? I don't go to Fox, Rush, of Beck for my news. Low brow ad hominem attacks are always the first resort of those with nothing substantive to say.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Sep 12, 10 5:55 PM
"ad hominem," i like that
By Old School (22), Southampton on Sep 17, 10 10:29 AM
Maybe it was the edited article but who exactly was "evicted" when no one was home. Putting the furniture by the curb sounds like a camp prank? Isn't the real owner dead?
By Hambone (507), New York on Sep 12, 10 11:14 PM
So, does this mean it was salvage?

Man, I should have gotten over my case of "canal disease" sooner.

Could have had some fresh furnishings...
By Mr. Z (11000), North Sea on Sep 13, 10 12:57 AM
$82 Million! Why isnt Guldi long gone from the jurisdiction and living large offshore somewhere?
By smacw (239), New York on Sep 13, 10 10:47 AM
I've never seen an eviction where the furniture is wrapped up, how very classy of them. Why an East Meadow mover though? So much for patronizing local business.
By KashMinbar (6), Tucson on Sep 13, 10 2:18 PM
My thoughts exactly.
By Old School (22), Southampton on Sep 17, 10 10:30 AM
when will George Guldi's trial coming up again? WIll there even BE a rial? Or will he too be allowed to 'slide'. Not hating, just asking.
By FellowTraveller (6), HamptonBays on Sep 15, 10 8:53 AM
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By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Sep 15, 10 10:04 AM
Even his friend Tim Bishop can't help George Guldi now. He will soon be living in a different Big House...
By DumpBishop.com (2), smithtown on Sep 15, 10 9:19 PM
That's so clever how you worked Tim Bishop's name into your comment about an article that has nothing to do with Tim Bishop. Very inventive. Wouldn't happen to have anything to do with your own political agenda, would it?
By saltbox (5), Sag Harbor on Sep 16, 10 5:33 PM