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The Wisconsin Department of Justice Charges Milwaukee Man with Filing Phony Liens


Cornelius Hill, of Milwaukee, faces 12 counts of filing phony liens.


MADISON — Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen announced today that Cornelius Hill, of Milwaukee, has been charged and arrested for 12 counts of filing phony liens against individuals and public officials in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties.


Each count is a class H felony, punishable by six years imprisonment or a $10,000 fine, or both. A preliminary hearing in this case is scheduled for September 11, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in Dane County Circuit Court.


According to the Department of Justice (DOJ) complaint, in 2011 and 2012 Hill submitted to the Department of Financial Institutions in Dane County Uniform Commercial Code liens against attorneys and law firms handling several foreclosure related lawsuits, law enforcement officers who had arrested Hill on various charges, prosecutors who handled a criminal prosecution against Hill and judges who presided over various legal matters involving Hill. The liens alleged that the victims owed Hill amounts from $500,000 up to $210 million dollars. The complaint alleges that none of the victims gave consent or authorized the filing of the liens. As a condition of bail, Hill was ordered to have no contact with the victims.


Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte is handling the prosecution of the case. The defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence. The state must prove its allegations at trial.


A copy of the criminal complaint is available at the following link:


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