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Document claims Dillon gives up condo for US$10
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon sold the New York City condominium, which was part of a disputed land deal, back to its original owner Neville Piper for US$10, a document purporting to be from the NYC Department of Finance Office of the City Register has stated.
Attempts to contact Dillon to verify the authenticity of the document proved futile yesterday.
However, Farid Scoon, one of the attorneys involved in the case, called on people to respect the ruling of the United States Supreme Court on the matter.
"What I understood the resolution in that matter to have been was that the record be sealed, save and except Mr Dillon be able to make a statement that there was no wrongdoing found against him," Scoon said.
Scoon represented attorney Ernest Wilson, who represented the attorney who prepared the deed for the land transaction between Dillon and 88-year-old Piper.
That deed was made last August.
Piper’s niece raised questions about the transaction and alleged in court documents that her uncle had been the victim of elder financial abuse, exploitation and fraud.
Dillon was named in an article 81 Guardianship proceedings related to Piper who he described as a long-time friend
The issue in question was a valuable downtown Manhattan condominium which Dillon claimed was gifted to him from Piper.
Issues were also raised about the authenticity of the signatures on the transfer documents.
In April, Dillon made his final appearance in the US Supreme Court in New York before Justice Laura Vistacion-Lewis.
When the matter was called before Vistacion-Lewis she ordered that it be held in chambers.
When the matter was concluded she ordered that the records be sealed.
Although the matter was held privately, Vistacion-Lewis authorised the release of one statement as it relates to the proceedings.
In a release issued by the Ministry of National Security, Dillon said he was pleased to report that the court proceedings in the United States, “with respect to his friend Neville Piper, has been fully and effectively resolved.”
“The Honourable Judge, ordered that the record of the proceeding be sealed and restricted, all parties interested in the proceeding from making any public statements, save and except, that there has been no finding of wrongdoing against Minister Dillon,” the release stated.
The condominium in question is located at 301 Cathedral Parkway, Unit 8L, New York, NY, 10026.
Dillon took issue with what he deemed to be several “erroneous and libellous” statements about him regarding these civil proceedings.
Documents purporting to be related to Dillon selling the land back to Piper came to the fore yesterday one day after Dillon faced a no-confidence motion in the Parliament.
That transaction took place on April 4 and was deemed a return of interest.
The purpose of the transaction was "other unusual factors affecting sale price."
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