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Anoka County man provides reminder of the importance of proper conduct following foreclosure

At The Atlas Law Firm, we can help you determine whether an Anoka County foreclosure is the right choice for your budget and advise you on the legal ramifications of your decision.

On Tuesday, February 26, Donald Mordal, a 46-year-old businessman from Anoka County, was found guilty of illegally removing property from a foreclosed building – in this case, the site of his former business operations.

According to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mordal caused more than $40,000 worth of damage when he removed doors and windows, as well as a retaining wall, landscape boulders, cabinets and plumbing fixtures that he had purchased and installed from the building without permission.

Mordal did not sell any of the property, and even left behind a new air conditioner, and said he only took items he reasonably believed belonged to him.

The source noted that Mordal was found guilty of a rare felony crime, “defeating security on realty,” which only one other Anoka County resident had been charged with in the last 25 years. Prosecutors opted for this charge rather than a more common felony theft crime, because they believed he did not intend to deprive someone else of their property.

The trial lasted for four days, with jurors taking six hours to ultimately issue a decision. The source noted that sentencing is expected on April 12. The Star Tribune, which has been covering the case since the initial charge in 2011, indicated that Mordal's office building was foreclosed upon after he failed to meet his mortgage payments in the summer of 2009.

While this event is rare, it does underscore the fact that those who face foreclosure, whether residential or commercial, need to be well-versed in how their actions, both before and after the foreclosure sale, could affect them.

At Atlas Law Firm, we can help you determine what your options are in postponing, preventing or allowing an Anoka County foreclosure and understanding your rights and responsibilities.

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