MaineCare embezzler’s tax debt nearly $46,000

Posted Jan. 15, 2011, at 6:36 a.m.

NORWAY, Maine – Dawn Cummings Solomon and her company New Horizons Capital Investments owe the town of Norway nearly $46,000 in taxes on 12 properties she owned during the 2010-11 tax year, Deputy Tax Collector Shirley Boyce said Thursday.

Of the $45,998 owed by the real estate holding company and Dawn Cummings Solomon individually, $36,097 is on properties currently owned New Horizons Capital Investments; $2,427 for a commercial building that was sold after the Sept. 1, 2010, tax bill was generated; $2,994 for one parcel under the name of Dawn Cummings Solomon; and $4,480 for three parcels under the name of Dawn Cummings, Boyce said. There is interest accruing on each unpaid bill, she said.

Solomon, 42, of 90 Zakelo Road in Harrison, the wife of Harvey Solomon, co-principal of New Horizons Capital Investments, pleaded guilty last month to defrauding the state of $4 million in MaineCare money through her Living Independence Network Corp.

Solomon had over-billed the state for hours and expenses since January 2006, according to Michael Miller, director of the Attorney General’s Healthcare Crimes Unit. She will be sentenced in Oxford County Superior Court on Feb. 18.

According to Boyce, if the taxes remain unpaid by next September the town will place a lien on the properties and 18 months later the town will start foreclosure proceedings on each.

In the case of 180 Main St., one of two properties raided by state and federal agents last July to gather evidence against Solomon and her businesses housed there, the Sept. 1, 2010, tax bill of $2,427.10 was sent to New Horizons Capital Investments Corp. for payment as the owner on record at the time.

According to records in the Oxford County Register of Deeds Office in Paris, the property at 180 Main St. was placed on a foreclosure auction by the Mechanics Savings Bank of Lewiston for breach of mortgage conditions by New Horizons Capital Investments on Oct. 22.

Despite the fact that the property was sold at a foreclosure auction, the entire tax bill is the responsibility of the the owner on record at the time the bill is generated, Boyce said.

The next tax bill will be generated in September and it will be in the name of the person who owns the property as of April 1, 2011, Boyce said. Norway tax bills are generally sent out in September and payable in two halves, she said.

If the old owner doesn’t pay what he or she owes, the new owner can pay off the bill.

“If the new owners don’t step forward, a lien goes on it,” Boyce said.

Usually the town attempts to work with the owner to pay the bill so they can get the title back, but occasionally nothing is paid and the town puts the property up for sale to recoup tax revenue, she said.

“We try to give people a chance to pay and get their title back,” she said.

In addition to the Norway properties, New Horizons Capital Investment Corp. also owns properties in Harrison where they owe nearly $10,000 in taxes plus interest for their primary residence at 90 Zakelo Road and two apartment buildings in Paris where the town is owed $1,575 plus interest.

Five of the properties, all in Norway, are currently up for sale.

Solomon’s attorney, Thimi R. Mina of McCloskey, Mina & Cunniff LLC in Portland, has said the Maine Attorney General’s Office is apprised of any property sale but no restriction has been placed on property sales at this time.

ldixon@sunjournal.

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