Bank Of America Seizes Wrong House, Causes Big Stink. No, Really.

Last October, Bank of America screwed up and seized a vacation home that didn’t belong to them. They also changed the locks and shut off the power, leaving 75 pounds of salmon and halibut rotting for a week before it was discovered, writes Laura Elder of the Galveston Daily News.

The owner, Dr. Alan Schroit, and his wife discovered what had happened when they showed up on Halloween to prepare for a party they were going to host the next day:

When Schroit’s wife tried to unlock the door, the key wouldn’t work, he said. They noticed a poster with the message that the house had been seized by Bank of America in a foreclosure.


The Schroits called the police and finally managed to get into the top part of their house, only to be hit by an “overpowering putrid smell of rotten fish,” according to the lawsuit.

Dr. Schroit has filed suit against BoA, saying that “he has neither a relationship nor a mortgage” with them. A Bank of America spokesman told the paper that the bank feels the lawsuit “has no merit.”

“Lawsuit accuses bank of seizing wrong house” [The Galveston County Daily News] (Thanks to Nancy!)

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