JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There is a new fallout from the alleged racketeering scheme involving Allied Veterans of the World.
Investigators have already seized homes, cars, boats and anything suspected of being purchased with Allied money. Now renters are stuck in limbo with many questions about their rental.
Jim McKenzie and his wife Lisa have rented their Atlantic Beach townhome for the past year. Their lease expires this fall. "We renewed our lease back in October it appears," McKenzie said.
The problem is the property on Songbird Lane is on the government's seizure list in relation to the Allied Veterans of the Worldinvestigation. McKenzie explained, "I don't want to be involved with circumventing the law, so we need to know what we're supposed to do, are we supposed to pay the rent, what are we supposed to do?"
First Coast News contacted a real estate attorney who recommended an idea for people in this situation. His thought is to file a motion to register with the court, and set up an escrow to pay the rent, to prove it was paid, and then the court can eventually decide who gets the rent money. "But at the same time, I don't want to get hung out to dry," McKenzie said.
McKenzie showed us a letter someone left at his door, requesting that he still send his rent to the same address, but to a different person. "The wife checked on the bank account receipts after the check had been cashed last month and it actually went into a different bank account."