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October 27, 2010

Opponent hits Del. McConkey on real estate license

Republican Del. Tony McConkey's Democratic challenger unleashed a scathing attack on the incumbent this morning, calling McConkey a “bi-partisan fraudster” in response to reports that that a state regulatory commission suspended his real estate license on Monday after he admitted violating rules designed to protect homeowners during foreclosure proceedings.

At the regulatory hearing, McConkey , a member of the House of Delegates since 2003, admitted that he violated the Protection of Homeowners in Foreclosure Act – a law he voted for twice in the General Assembly. Under the terms of his agreement, McConkey did not admit to “fraud or misrepresentation,” according to a representative from the Maryland Real Estate Commission. He has not been charged with any crime.

A lawyer for three women alleged McConkey tricked them into signing over their homes to him and left them homeless.

Madonna Brennan, who is running against McConkey to represent District 33A, called McConkey a “criminal” and said he “continually victimizes the voters of their district.”

“This is not a partisan issue,” said Brennan, of Gambrills. “I don’t believe Del. McConkey cares if you are a Republican, Democrat or an Independent. He is a bipartisan fraudster. … You don’t get to be a delegate by day and a criminal night.”

McConkey could not be reached for comment this morning. His legislative assistant Barbara Wilson said he was taking a class for the next three days and was unavailable. She said no one in the office could comment in his absence.

This is not the first time McConkey has been accused of wrongdoing related to his real estate dealings.

In 2009, a county Circuit Court jury ordered McConkey to pay $11,000 to a woman who signed her home over to him, although the jury ruled that McConkey did not intentionally defraud her.

-Nicole Fuller

Posted by Andy Rosen at 11:39 AM | | Comments (4)
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And the people of Severna Park just keep voting for him! Amazing. He is also a VOLUNTARY disbarred attorney. Voluntary is worse than involuntary. Means he was so guilty he didnt even put up a fight.

Opponent hits Del. McConkey on real estate license....smart post to think about........
The people of Severna Park just keep voting for him.....it is really amazing.......In my opinion to Voluntary is worse than involuntary.......
Thanks for this informations......

The negatives on this guy McConkey are numerous.
His disbarment was from an assault, and burglary in the 1990's.
He is being sued in multiple jurisdictions for foreclosure fraud.
His family is part of the scheme, just like a mafioso, organized criminal enterprise.
And he keeps on doing it.
The voters need to remove this person from his seat in Maryland House.

It is incredible to me that this hasn't been more publicized. I've been shaking my head on this one for years. Having dealt with Mr. McConkey on a business issue. I couldn't have put it better myself. "You don’t get to be a delegate by day and a criminal night.” A disbarrment, multiple broker changes annually so that when I had an issue with him I actually had trouble figuring out who he was with, allegations of wrong doing, final admission/determination of fraud against three parties. What isn't mentioned here is that over $75,000 in claims were paid out to the three confirmed victims by the MD real estate commission (and it's paying members). As one of those paying members I'm thoroughly disgusted that I have to share credentials with someone that obviously lacks the ethics required to be entrusted with what is most people's largest asset.

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