Wilton: One of the state’s top real estate brokers is facing larceny charges after attempting to sell nearly half a million dollars’ worth of household items from a foreclosed home, police said.
Barbara Morris, of Ridgefield, a 66-year-old real estate broker specializing in foreclosed homes, is accused of attempting to sell off $405,000 worth of items that were stolen from a foreclosed home she was in charge of managing on Olmstead Hill Road.
The home, which has been embroiled in civil litigation since its foreclosure in 2013, was repossessed by Long Island-based Astoria Federal Mortgage Corporation several years ago and was placed in the hands of Morris with the understanding that the personal belongings onsite still belonged to the home’s previous owner, police said.
Contrary to this agreement, police said Morris began placing a wide variety of items taken from the home up for auction at the Greenwich Auction House in Stamford earlier this year.
Captain Rob Cipolla, a police spokesman, said that the loot ranged from paintings, jewelry and furniture to gilded lamps and shelving that had been stripped off the home’s walls.
Morris has worked as a real estate broker and partner at the Morris Group, a Ridgefield branch of the William Raveis Real Estate, for 38 years, according to her LinkedIn profile. The Ridgefield resident was ranked in the top two percent of real estate agents nationwide and was one of Morris Group’s top producers over the past 25 years, according to Morris’ agent profile on Raveis’ website.
Since 2009, there have been five different complaints filed against Morris for issues ranging from advertising problems to “negligent and incompetent work,” according to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s Investigation Unit.