Former home of embezzler opened for auction tour

Posted Aug. 19, 2011, at 9:50 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 19, 2011, at 3:50 p.m.

HARRISON, Maine — A handful of interested buyers got a look Thursday inside a $1 million lakeside property whose former occupant is in prison for defrauding taxpayers.

The unfinished Long Lake home of Dawn Solomon, 43, and her husband, Harvey, is being auctioned Aug. 30.

In June, she began serving a 42-month sentence at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham for stealing $4 million from MaineCare through her Living Independence Network Corp. business in Norway. She’s ordered to pay $4 million in restitution.

The 90 Zakelo Road property has an annual tax bill of $10,255. The 5,248-square-foot home sits on 7.2 acres and has 435 feet of shore front.

The property is assessed by Harrison at $1,041,000, with a $696,900 value on the land and $344,300 on the house, according to town records.

The three-level home has five-plus bedrooms, cherry hardwood floors with an inlaid design, five baths, five fireplaces, a three-car garage, a deck that overlooks the lake and runs the length of the house.

On either end of the main floor are vaulted ceilings. Several fireplaces and the kitchen vent are made of stone.

On Thursday, Michael Carey, vice president of Tranzon Auction Properties of Portland, welcomed prospective buyers.

As they entered the home, the great room was the size of a small ballroom with columns. The main floor is an open-concept with a kitchen at one end, and loads of room for dining and living space. Wires hang where a large-screen television and surround-sound system were.

The kitchen features six windows overlooking the lake, a mudroom, a walk-in pantry and a large bathroom with washer and dryer hook-ups. The kitchen has been stripped of most everything, including the island, cabinets and appliances — even the vent.

Things as small as smoke alarms to as large as an outdoor, second-floor balcony have been removed.

The basement is finished with two sliding glass door walk-outs. It features a large living area with a stone fireplace and wet bar, two bathrooms, three-plus bedrooms, two with fireplaces and lake views.

The top floor is unfinished with a subfloor, openings where closets would go, an unfinished bathroom, walk-in closet and an office or another bedroom. Outside the sliding glass door overlooking the lake are braces where the balcony sat.

On the expansive deck it appeared someone attempted to take the composite boards. The deck remains intact though some of the nails are missing or sticking up.

The unfinished three-car garage has no windows or doors. It has an unfinished second floor that could become more living space.

At the shore are concrete blocks that held a dock.

Debbie Hanian of Newry and her mother were among several looking at the property. Hanian liked some features of the house, but was concerned that the lake was too shallow for boats. Carey told her with a dock, a boat could get in and out.

He informed interested persons that the property is being repossessed by the bank, and is being sold as is. A lot of brokers and potential buyers have already looked at the property, Carey said. Whoever buys the property will be responsible for the unpaid $10,000 tax bill, plus taxes due in September, he said.

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