In August, we shared a story about an Albion couple who’s home was being foreclosed. After hearing about the incident, Governor LePage has since gotten involved, and wants to make sure situations like these are never repeated.
Reporter Kaitlyn Connolly reconnected with the Albion couple who is now living in Holden with relatives to see how they’ve been doing.
Richard Sukeforth and his wife spent thirty-three years in their lake house, but after a property foreclosure, they’re now residing in his daughters trailer park in Holden.
“What can I do about it? Sit on the floor and pound my feet crying like a two year old kid?” said Richard Sukeforth. “No. The place is gone, it’ll be gone, so I just have to start over again”
The Sukeforth home went into foreclosure due to nonpayment of taxes. When friends and family asked to help pay, the town of Albion said it was too late, the town had already posted an auction in the newspaper, and could no longer accept payment. Richard believes it was a calculated deal between the new homeowners and the town of Albion. “When someone does something underhanded to make a gain by using the law to do it, tha’ts a no no.”
After hearing about the issue, Governor LePage is now getting involved, hoping to prevent similar events from happening to others, especially when it involves elderly couples like Richard, who is caring for his bedridden wife on social security
“He’s trying to change some rules” said Richard. “Like they cant refuse money when you take it in to pay your taxes. Cause that’s an underhanded deal there. I know”.
Despite the loss, Richard says it wont stop him from moving on and living life to the fullest. “Well you’re 80… yeah, well that’s nothing but a number to me! I’m gonna go find myself another home! When you look around real close, you see a lot of people worse off then you are. When you look around”.