Tom Martino ex-friend lawsuit update -- and new filing against Haystack Help's Chris Kane
In March, we told you about a lawsuit filed against bankrupt consumer advocate Tom Martino by Sheldon Chrysler, an ex-friend who Martino excoriated as a "waste of skin." A court date has now been scheduled in that case, and attempts to settle the dispute have been unsuccessful thus far. Meanwhile, Chrysler has filed another lawsuit, this time against Chris Kane, a former Martino associate who fronts Haystack Help, a consumer-advocacy website with a TV component on CBS4.
The latest suit, on view below, alleges that Kane made a loan to Chrysler at the elevated rate of 48 percent after filing a lien on a couple of the latter's properties between 2006 and 2012. In the end, Chrysler was unable to pay off the loan, leading to foreclosure proceedings. He wound up losing the parcels, resulting in what are described as "economic losses, interest expenses and other damages."
According to the suit, Kane's loan violated Colorado law, because any loan with an interest rate above 45 percent is considered usury. Moreover, the complaint maintains that Kane knew Chrysler was "a victim of multiple economic crimes," as well as being "an 'at risk' disabled senior citizen and military veteran...dealing with mental health issues" prompted in part by the passing of his twin brother, Barry. Sheldon lionized his sibling in a book entitled Life After Death of My Twin and Their FBI Story, with the latter referring to an investigation into the activities of Everett Francis Wann, who stole airline parts the brothers unwittingly resold through a business they operated. As is detailed in the 1994 Westword feature "Returning From Parts Unknown," the Chryslers lost an estimated $667,000 in their dealings with Wann.
Kane says he was surprised by the suit, particularly given that Chrysler had contacted him a few weeks back to ask if he'd testify on his behalf against Martino. Regarding the substance of the suit's claims, he admits that it was "definitely a high-interest loan, but I was careful not to exceed anything we weren't allowed to exceed." He's in the process of checking with his attorney to make certain of that, adding, "I don't believe I did anything outside of what's been set by the State of Colorado. If I did, Sheldon has every right to sue me for it."
This willingness to consider the possibility that he erred contrasts sharply with Martino's response to the earlier suit, which accused the self-described Troubleshooter of harassment via phone calls and e-mails over a series of years. Here's an example of one such e-mail, from May 2009:
By the way. Fuck you for believing a piece of shit over a friend of 20 years. It is no wonder you ruined your relationship with your twin. Don't blame Ron. It was all you. You are a negative failure and should deal with it.
Even more hard-edged is this Martino-composed missive from October 2011:
I regret ever knowing you. You are a two-faced piece of shit.
I found out that you continue to perpetrate your lies about me being the "master-mind" behind that loan you got with Chris Kane. You even tries to get me in trouble with the US Department of Justice during my bankruptcy.
What a pitiful sorry pieve of shit you are.
You are a lonely, nasty, grumpy excuse for a human and a waste of skin.
I am sorry you got involved with Kane and it resulted in you losing your building. But I had nothing to do with it. How dare you try to ruin me and my family. But you will not prevail. I have never lied to you or anyone. I live my life by that code.
I have helped countless people -- including you. Or do you forget the loans I made you? Did you forget the $3,000 I GAVE you?
Your entire life has been living off of others. You think you have helped so many people and that you are selfless. But you are a sorry piece of shit.
I never want to see or hear from you again. My wife and I were shocked that you would try to ruin us in our darkest hour. But it during times like this that you get to know who your real friends are.
You are not my friend. And you are not a fried to anyone.
You are a bitter, selfish, evil person to the core.
That is why your brother died hating you. That is why everyone talks behind your back and know what a dirt bag you are.
I WAS your friend. Thank God I found out what you sare really made of -- shit -- to the core. I hope I never see you face to face. You won't like the results.
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