Case Details

Year Initiated/Committed


Year Resolved


Settlement Amount

$56,000 restitution, $3000 penalties

Lead State


Participating States



B.P. Properties, Inc. (formerly known as Synergy Properties); Research Triangle Park Investments, Inc.; Robert C. Potts, John R. Allen; Thomas F. Howlett; Suzanne L. DeMarrais, Raymond M. Strong, Jr., the Kassel Group, LLC,; Stephen J. Lewis

Case Description

The state filed filed 10 lawsuits against 26 people and firms in July 2005 accusing them of making or accepting payments not to bid on properties being auctioned at courthouses in Wake, Durham, Orange and
Johnston counties In the rigged auctions, collusion among the bidders would keep bids artificially low, Defendants paid $57,000 in restitution and $3000 in fines for improperly registering the business.