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Cornelius Hill, of Milwaukee, Sentenced on 12 counts of Filing Phony Liens.


MADISON — Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen announced today that Cornelius Hill, of Milwaukee, has been sentenced by Judge William Hanrahan to five years incarceration and five years extended supervision, consecutive, on the first five of 12 total counts of filing phony liens against individuals and public officials in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties.  On each of the following six counts, Judge Hanrahan imposed and stayed sentence of one year incarceration, one year extended supervision.  On the final count, the judge withheld sentence and sentenced Mr. Hill to five years probation, with conditions, effective immediately.


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.


Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte handled the prosecution of the case that was investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).  The Office of Crime Victim Services provided victim services.