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Wheeling resident questions timing of former Mayor Argiris’ house payment, village’s gift of property to developer

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 2, 2017


During the Wheeling Village Council meeting on May 1, 2017, a resident questioned the suspicious timing of a gift of public property to a developer, and the timing of the paying off of former Mayor Argiris’ home just days prior to it’s foreclosure/Sheriff’s sale.

Deborah Wilson has been vocal in relation to former Mayor Argiris’ use of public vehicles for personal and private business use, Argiris’ illegal use of public credit cards for personal and private business use, and his general inability to tell the truth in relation to a past arrest for solicitation of oral copulation, She publicly questioned the suspicious timing of these two events (house payment and gifting to developer) and asked the village council to look into where these funds came from to pay off Argiris’ mortgage.

Argiris had been in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy for several years and failed to keep up with the court-ordered monthly payments. The mortgage company filed a motion to dismiss the bankruptcy and it was granted on January 18, 2017, by the federal bankruptcy court. The same day, Argiris’ monthly mortgage payment doubled. Wilson questioned how, since Argiris could not make payments towards his bankruptcy, how he came across the funds to pay off his home just days before the foreclosure sale. All of this happened while Argiris was still the mayor, and in our opinion is a legitimate question and should be investigated by the proper authorities.

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