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May 21, 2024

Stanford Village Attorney falsified Original Easement –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On September 26, 2017


A week or so ago we published an article (click here) showing how the McGrath Law Office, Village Attorney for Sanford, Illinois had filed false paperwork purporting to be nothing more than a Scrivener’s Error, but that changed the effective use of real estate without notifying the owners of said real estate. That paperwork contained numerous false statements.

At the time of publication of the previous article, we did not have the May 2010 Stanford board meeting minutes, which the Easement stated the village was given the power to enter into the agreement at that meeting.

Diane Benjamin [BLNNEWS.COM] obtained those meeting minutes through the Freedom of Information Act.

The original temporary easement, with a definitive termination date, claimed to have been granted under authority by the Board of Trustees at a regularly scheduled meeting held n May 20, 2010.

After reading those minutes, which were provided by the same law firm who we allege filed this false temporary easement and the false Scrivener’s Error, no authority was ever granted at this meeting, and more important, there was never any discussion of an easement, temporary or permanent, during this meeting for this real estate. There was a discussion for approval to amend the temporary easement for what appears to be the Scott Brand property (see page 5) since it was the only property referenced by name.

So even if this temporary easement was the one in the meeting minutes, which we do not believe it was, it solidifies the fact that the Scrivener’s Error was indeed false and fraudulent against the property owners, effectively falsifying the original temporary easement, and the letter from McGrath to the property owner was filed with other false statements.

The only authorization for easements was to “amend the current easement” – which by its very meaning, there must have already been an easement in place in order to amend a current one. This easement is an original easement and could not be the one mentioned in the minutes.



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