Brothers Sued for Alleged Tax Scam

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    As part of the lawsuit, the state is seeking to shut down the company, Property Tax Reassessment.

    San Diego homeowners thought something was fishy with mailers offering to lower property taxes for a fee and apparently they were right.

    California authorities are now suing two Simi Valley brothers for allegedly billing tens of thousands of homeowners nearly $200 each for property tax reassessments that are available for free.

    The San Diego lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Jerry Brown says Sean and Michael McConville used mailers resembling government billing statements to lure customers for the reassessments.

    Prosecutors accuse the brothers and their companies of making misleading statements and falsely implying a government connection.

    As reported by the North County Times last month, homeowners said the mailers appeared to be from a government organization and suggested the fee was required, not optional.

    The company sent the mailers to residents across Southern California, including Riverside and San Diego counties. The lawsuit was filed in San Diego because a recent mailer heavily targeted the county. Also, the state's attorney general's office received several complaints from San Diego homeowners.

    The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction along with civil penalties of at least $2.5 million.