Amorous Realtors Uncovered In Plain Sight of Cameras
By Frank Parlato
As a follow up to our previous investigative story regarding two New Jersey realtors who are being sued after hidden cameras caught them in a series of "sexual escapades" inside a client's home, the Niagara Falls Reporter has obtained a photograph that proves the two hands-on realtors may not only have been dumb but nearsighted, too.
Readers may recall we reported that two top-selling agents combined their services. Robert Lindsay and Jeannemarie Phelan - of Coldwell Bankers - are accused in a lawsuit of using a home Lindsay listed in Wayne, N. J.,, for a "play pad."
The lawsuit, which names as defendants the two amorous agents and their brokerage firm, Coldwell Bankers, LLC, was filed by the owners of the house, Richard and Sandra Weiner in New Jersey Superior Court in Passaic County. The claim alleges, among other things, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, and trespassing.
Unhappily for the winsome duo, the evidence is against them. They were caught on interior surveillance cameras entering the house multiple times (but not with clients). The cameras were in plain sight.
The Weiners listed the home with Lindsay in December, 2011, for $650,000. Allegedly, by Jan. 23, 2012, the overly-sexy realtors had more than 10 sexual trysts in the listed home.
According to the lawsuit, the owners happened to be checking their video cameras one day and "saw strange people in the house with … flashlights." They called the police who came to the house and found Lindsay pulling up his pants. Lindsay told them he was preparing the house for an open house and Phelan had dropped by to pick up a flier.
The Weiners checked the tapes and found a cornucopia of what could be called "Realtors Gone Wild." Lindsay and Phelan seemed less excited about the listing but more about each other, something they demonstrated all over the house including the Weiner's own bed.
The Wieners claim that Lindsay - who was among the top selling agents in the state of New Jersey - deliberately over-priced the home at $650,000 so it would not sell fast - and told the couple they could meet there and avoid hotel expenditures. And after they were discovered, the gossip that spread about the Weiner's sexy house spread among other real estate agents and put a stain on it in other realtors' minds.
The ultimate sale price of their home dropped below what it should have been and far less than what Lindsay had predicted, the Weiners' lawyers claim.
Both of the full service realtors had won awards in the past for high sales volumes Lindsay's totals were regularly in excess of $25 million, which would make his income around $600,000 annually.
Both are in danger of losing their licenses. The New Jersey Real Estate Commission is investigating the matter.
Up until press time, the Weiners have not spoken publicly nor granted requests for interviews.
Coldwell Banker, which is named as a defendant in the suit, has been accused of treating "this matter as if their realtors …. spilled a cup of coffee in the Weiner's home."
Coldwell Banker President Hal Maxwell stated that his company "ceased" its affiliation with the agents in January of 2012 when their indiscretions came to their attention although Maxwell remained Facebook friends with Lindsay for almost two years afterward. Maxwell removed Lindsay as a Facebook friend three days after the lawsuit was filed on Dec. 8, 2013, according to the Weiners' lawyer and provided proof to the Reporter.
The defendants (in a curious line of defense) complained in effect that their privacy was violated since they were not told they were being filmed inside the Weiner's home. Yet both Lindsay and Phelan can be seen on film (in various happy faced postures) looking directly at clearly visible cameras, according to the Weiner's lawyer.
"Our only intention here is to refute and clarify the obvious public positioning of both Coldwell Banker and the two former Coldwell Banker realtors," attorney Ronald T. Nagle told the Reporter.
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Feb 04, 2014